Joanne's Reviews > The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
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Nov 08, 2009

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So many things from history I do not know! The Nazis, under orders from Hitler, systematically robbed conquered European countries of their history of art. Many of the works were listed as "ownerless." Yeah, well, you shippped off the owners to prison camps, extermination, or scared them into fleeing their own countries! A small group of military men from 13 countries (the book concentrates on men from the United States) were tasked locating these objects and returning them to the countries of origin.

The book was not easy reading. So many characters, so many locations, so much confusion. But it is an important story. This is the United States I believe in. We didn't steal these art objects; we returned them, even though as the conqueror, we could have kept them. Returning them was the right thing to do.
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