The Monuments Men

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  • Copyright: 9/17/2010
  • Publisher: Center Street

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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 Monuments 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.

Author Biography

Robert Edsel began his career in the oil and gas exploration business. In 1996 he moved to Europe to pursue his interests in the arts. Settling in Florence seeing some of the great works, he wondered how all of the monuments and art treasures survived the devastation of World War II. During the ensuing years, he devoted himself to finding the answer. In the process, he commissioned major research that has resulted in this book. Robert also coproduced the related documentary film, The Rape of Europa, and cowrote Rescuing Da Vinci, a photographic history of an art heist of epic proportions and the Allied rescue effort. The author lives in Dallas.

Bret Witter cowrote the bestseller Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (Grand Central, 2008). He lives in Louisville, KY.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. xiii
Main Charactersp. xvii
Mapp. xx
The Mission
Out of Germanyp. 3
Hitler's Dreamp. 10
The Call to Armsp. 16
A Dull and Empty Worldp. 25
Leptis Magnap. 32
The First Campaignp. 37
Monte Cassinop. 44
Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archivesp. 50
The Taskp. 63
Northern Europe
Winning Respectp. 70
A Meeting in the Fieldp. 83
Michelangelo's Madonnap. 97
The Cathedral and the Masterpiecep. 102
Van Eyck's Mystic Lambp. 113
James Rorimer Visits the Louvrep. 120
Entering Germanyp. 139
A Field Tripp. 146
Tapestryp. 155
Christmas Wishesp. 164
The Madonna of La Gleizep. 173
The Trainp. 177
The Bulgep. 190
Champagnep. 193
A German Jew in the U.S. Armyp. 209
Coming Through the Battlep. 214
The New Monuments Manp. 220
George Stout with His Mapsp. 230
Art on the Movep. 239
Two Turning Pointsp. 242
Hitler's Nero Decreep. 250
First Army Across the Rhinep. 253
Treasure Mapp. 259
Frustrationp. 270
Inside the Mountainp. 280
Lostp. 284
A Week to Rememberp. 287
The Void
Saltp. 303
Horrorp. 309
The Gauleiterp. 314
The Battered Minep. 316
Last Birthdayp. 322
Plansp. 327
The Noosep. 332
Discoveriesp. 339
The Noose Tightensp. 344
The Racep. 348
Final Daysp. 353
The Translatorp. 359
The Sound of Musicp. 362
End of the Roadp. 367
The Aftermath
Understanding Altausseep. 373
Evacuationp. 382
The Journey Homep. 391
Heroes of Civilizationp. 400
Cast of Charactersp. 427
Notesp. 431
Bibliographyp. 447
Acknowledgmentsp. 455
What Is Your Connection to the Story?p. 459
Indexp. 461
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