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The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

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At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: degenerate works he despised.

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.

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"WWII was the most destructive war in history and caused the greatest dislocation of cultural artifacts. Hundreds of thousands of items remain missing. The main burden fell to a few hundred men and women, curators and archivists, artists and art historians from 13 nations. Their task was to save and preserve what they could of Europe's great art, and they were called the Monuments Men. (Coincidentally or not, this book appears only briefly after Ilaria Dagnini Brey's The Venus Fixers: The Untold Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy's Art During World War II, Reviews, June 1.) Edsel has presented their achievements in documentaries and photographs. He and Witter (coauthor of the bestselling Dewey) are no less successful here. Focusing on the organization's role in northwest Europe, they describe the Monuments Men from their initial mission to limit combat damage to structures and artifacts to their changed focus of locating missing items. Most had been stolen by the Nazis. In southern Germany alone, over a thousand caches emerged, containing everything from church bells to insect collections. The story is both engaging and inspiring. In the midst of a total war, armies systematically sought to mitigate cultural loss. (Sept. 3)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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A special force of American and British museum directors, curators, and others called the Monuments Men risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of priceless art. This fascinating account follows their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.

Synopsis:

As Hitler's armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others called the Monuments Men risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

Synopsis:

As Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the Western world, his armies were hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. In a race against time, a special force of museum curators risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

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Warren P Peters, July 11, 2010 (view all comments by Warren P Peters)
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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Product Details

ISBN:
9781599951492
Author:
Edsel, Robert M.
Publisher:
Center Street
With:
Witter, Bret
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Allied Forces - History
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Conservation & Preservation
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
473
Dimensions:
9.28x6.86x1.57 in. 1.62 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "WWII was the most destructive war in history and caused the greatest dislocation of cultural artifacts. Hundreds of thousands of items remain missing. The main burden fell to a few hundred men and women, curators and archivists, artists and art historians from 13 nations. Their task was to save and preserve what they could of Europe's great art, and they were called the Monuments Men. (Coincidentally or not, this book appears only briefly after Ilaria Dagnini Brey's The Venus Fixers: The Untold Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy's Art During World War II, Reviews, June 1.) Edsel has presented their achievements in documentaries and photographs. He and Witter (coauthor of the bestselling Dewey) are no less successful here. Focusing on the organization's role in northwest Europe, they describe the Monuments Men from their initial mission to limit combat damage to structures and artifacts to their changed focus of locating missing items. Most had been stolen by the Nazis. In southern Germany alone, over a thousand caches emerged, containing everything from church bells to insect collections. The story is both engaging and inspiring. In the midst of a total war, armies systematically sought to mitigate cultural loss. (Sept. 3)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A special force of American and British museum directors, curators, and others called the Monuments Men risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of priceless art. This fascinating account follows their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.
"Synopsis" by , As Hitler's armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others called the Monuments Men risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.
"Synopsis" by , As Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the Western world, his armies were hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. In a race against time, a special force of museum curators risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.
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