The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History - eBook  -     By: Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter
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The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History - eBook

Center Street / 2009 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781599952659
ISBN-13: 9781599952659
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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) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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