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The Monuments Men

Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

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This edition was published in by Center Street in New York.

Written in English

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What if I told you there was a group of men on the front lines who quite literally saved the world as we know it; a group that didn’t carry machine guns or drive tanks, who weren’t official statesmen; men who not only had the vision to understand the grave threat to the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of civilization, but then joined the front lines to do something about it?

These unknown heroes were known as the “Monuments Men,” a group of soldiers who served in the Western Allied military effort from 1943 until 1951. Their initial responsibility was to mitigate combat damage, primarily to structures—churches, museums, and other important monuments. As the war progressed and the German border was breached, their focus shifted to locating movable works of art and other cultural items stolen or otherwise missing. During their occupation of Europe, Hitler and the Nazis pulled off the “greatest theft in history,” seizing and transporting more than five million cultural objects to the Third Reich. The Western Allied effort, spearheaded by the Monuments Men, thus became the “greatest treasure hunt in history,” with all the unimaginable and bizarre stories that only war can produce.

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The monuments men

Allied heros, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history

First published in 2009



Work Description

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.

The Monuments Men

Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

This edition was published in by Center Street in New York.


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From the Author's Note...

What if I told you there was a group of men on the front lines who quite literally saved the world as we know it; a group that didn’t carry machine guns or drive tanks, who weren’t official statesmen; men who not only had the vision to understand the grave threat to the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of civilization, but then joined the front lines to do something about it?

These unknown heroes were known as the “Monuments Men,” a group of soldiers who served in the Western Allied military effort from 1943 until 1951. Their initial responsibility was to mitigate combat damage, primarily to structures—churches, museums, and other important monuments. As the war progressed and the German border was breached, their focus shifted to locating movable works of art and other cultural items stolen or otherwise missing. During their occupation of Europe, Hitler and the Nazis pulled off the “greatest theft in history,” seizing and transporting more than five million cultural objects to the Third Reich. The Western Allied effort, spearheaded by the Monuments Men, thus became the “greatest treasure hunt in history,” with all the unimaginable and bizarre stories that only war can produce.

Table of Contents

Cover
Title Page
Welcome
Dedication
Epigraph
Author’s Note
Main Characters
Map
I THE MISSION
1 Out of Germany
2 Hitler’s Dream
3 The Call to Arms
4 A Dull and Empty World
5 Leptis Magna
6 The First Campaign
7 Monte Cassino
8 Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives
9 The Task
II NORTHERN EUROPE
10 Winning Respect
11 A Meeting in the Field
12 Michelangelo’s Madonna
13 The Cathedral and the Masterpiece
14 Van Eyck’s Mystic Lamb
15 James Rorimer Visits the Louvre
16 Entering Germany
17 A Field Trip
18 Tapestry
19 Christmas Wishes
20 The Madonna of La Gleize
21 The Train
22 The Bulge
23 Champagne
III GERMANY
24 A German Jew in the U.S. Army
25 Coming Through the Battle
26 The New Monuments Man
27 George Stout with His Maps
28 Art on the Move
29 Two Turning Points
30 Hitler’s Nero Decree
31 First Army Across the Rhine
32 Treasure Map
33 Frustration
34 Inside the Mountain
35 Lost
36 A Week to Remember
IV THE VOID
37 Salt
38 Horror
39 The Gauleiter
40 The Battered Mine
41 Last Birthday
42 Plans
43 The Noose
44 Discoveries
45 The Noose Tightens
46 The Race
47 Final Days
48 The Translator
49 The Sound of Music
50 End of the Road
V THE AFTERMATH
51 Understanding Altaussee
52 Evacuation
53 The Journey Home
54 Heroes of Civilization
Photos
About the Authors
Praise for The Monuments Men
Cast of Characters
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Help Us Finish the Mission of The Monuments Men
Newsletters
Copyright

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ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24260950M
ISBN 13
9781599952659
OCLC/WorldCat
462085840
OverDrive
5E110564-12CF-4A26-AE35-813839667D4C

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