The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 17th 2010
Publisher: Center Street
Pages no: 430
Edition language: English
Fascinating look at the men who hunted and found stolen art works stolen by the Nazis during WWII. Each chapter deals with a different day and a different momuments man as they searched for clues, lists, hiding places, repositories of the art work hoping to get it before it is moved or destroyed. I ...
To safeguard these things will show respect for the beliefs and customs of all men and will bear witness that these things belong not only to a particular people but also to the heritage of mankind. I am always interested in learning more about WWII, specifically about the people that risked their ...
In every big disaster movie, when the aliens invade and blow up Paris or a volcano wipes out a city in Italy, my first fleeting thought is always for the art and architecture that gets destroyed before the people. I'd feel a pang when I'd read a note about a painting or a building that was destroyed...
The Monuments Men covers the work of the American and British soldier-academics who did their best to save the art of western Europe from both the Nazis and the invading Allied armies. (I loved how when told how long the suggested protected Monuments list was for Normandy, the generals said 'no'; w...
Film is KAY_RAP. But I bet the book is stunning and I plan to find out