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The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
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Sep 03, 12

bookshelves: 2011-2012, non-fiction
Read in September, 2012

A fascinating story of how a group of men and one amazing French woman worked under the horrific conditions of WWII in Europe to save cultural art art treasures from Nazi looting and destruction. I wish this history had been better known before we went into Iraq. Failure to anticipate and prevent full scale looting of cultural treasures from the National Museum in Baghdad did incredible damage to our image. Eisenhower and the men of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section of the US Army,understood the moral importance of not only saving key cultural objects but returning them to their rightful owners. Examples of these are the Ghent Altarpiece, Michaelangelo's Bruges Madonna, and Da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine."
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