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The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Warren P Peters, July 11, 2010

In the 1940's as Hitler's Nazi Germany is conquering Europe and Russia groups of men are sent by the German's into the subdued territories to seize those art works that Hitler said were stolen from Germany. While in the US Art Museum officials from the great galleries of the US see this as a threat to the worlds treasury of great art and set about to do what no country in the history of the world has ever done. Return to the country of origin those art treasures that have been taken from it by the conquerors. To do this a small group of British and American are drafted and formed into a unit called the Monuments Unit whose job it will be to go into a place either during or just after the fighting has finished and check on a list of historical buildings or works of art and protect them from further damage. These men with no help from the Armies that they are attached to work with the locals and even the soldiers that have been fighting in the area to do repairs to damaged buildings and to secure works of art before they have to move on to the next part of the front. At one point two of these men find themselves out in front of the advancing allies and use the refugees from German Villages to save works of art until the Allies arrive. In salt mines and in Bavarian Castles the works of art are hidden by the Germans and found by the Monuments Men.

This part of World War II history has been largely ignored up to this point but this is a well done first history of the Monuments Men in WWII. The Book also examines the failure of the US to prevent the looting of the Iraqi Antiquities in the Iraq War and put the blame squarely at the US Army's door for it's Failure to see that the treasures of that museum would be looted by the people until too late. If you like history and a good read this book is for you.
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