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Rose Valland: Resistance at the Museum

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  16 reviews
"Rose Valland is one of the greatest and yet unknown heroines of World War II. After risking her life spying on the Nazis, day after day for four long years, Rose lived to fulfill her destiny: locating and returning tens of thousands of works of art stolen by the Nazis during their occupation of France. Yet her remarkable story, like much of her personal life, has remained ...more
Kindle Edition, 97 pages
Published October 30th 2013 by LAUREL PUBLISHING, LLC (first published March 14th 2006)
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Suzanne Pixley
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rose Vallant--a heroine of the art world

After reading Robert Edsel's classics the Monument Men, Saving Da Vinci and Saving Italy, one becomes extremely aware of the Nazi's efforts to confiscate and or destroy the European art world. One of the most pivotal people in the preservation of the world's treasures was Rose Valland who not only sent art to safe sites before the German occupation but also worked under threatening conditions to preserve data related to confiscation by the Nazi's and to
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Cathy Rodgers
Feb 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Translation from the original French to English may be the cause of some of my frustration with this book, but I don’t think so. I’m keenly interested in learning more about Rose Valland, member of the French Resistance, and her role in saving so many works of art from being lost during World War II. She saved many many thousands of pieces of art from being lost or destroyed and did it almost all by herself. I really want to know more about her.

However, this book didn’t tell me much more than I
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Cindy
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Interesting piece of little known history. Very enjoyable.
Nancy
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first time I discovered Rose Valland, she was mentioned in a short sketch in The Rape of Europa. Valland must be, until recently, the most ignored heroine of the Paris Resistance in World War II.
Many reasons have been given for this with two of them being she was not from the aristocracy and she was an extremely private person. She left no heirs to keep her story alive.

According to authors, Rose was a plain-looking woman who was quiet enough in going about her work that she attracted
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Nancy
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rose Valland is a heroine of the French Resistance, specifically for her efforts to save and repatriate art works stolen from France by the Nazis from 1940-1944. She worked with the Monuments Men and continued until her death to restore art to the original owners or their heirs.
Rex Vaughan
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rose Valland was a member of the French Resistance, but never fired a shot or blew up bridges, and yet was one of the most decorated women in French history. After several years of volunteer service as volunteer assistant curator at the Jeu de Paume Museum,she was given the paid position of overseer of the Jeu de Paume Museum. It was here that she risked her life in recording and tracking the art works that the Nazis brought here and then shipped out. She never let the Nazis know she understood ...more
Carla
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well researched and informative but unfortunately, Rose Valland's life remains as secretive as she kept it when she was alive. After hearing of her in Monuments Men, I became interested in learning about her efforts to restitute many of the works of art stolen and/or lost during WWII. Although this book does provide more details, I was left wondering how and when the remaining thousand plus pieces will be identified.
Caroline Barrow
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read about a woman that was persona non grata. A woman for whom the French should be grateful for saving their art during WWII but for whom they have tried to ignore her existence, because it was easier to forget the bad times than to deal with them. If you love art history this is a must read as is Monuments Men. These books go hand in hand.
Phyllis
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great biography of a Monument Woman who worked tirelessly during WWII and afterwards documenting the looting of Europe's artwork by the Nazis. The author raises the issue for us as to why so much planning and effort has been made to recover art objects and things with little to no plans for freeing and assisting people in the concentration camps.
John Skillin
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rose Valland forgotten heroine

Rose Valland forgotten heroine

This is a nearly unknown aspect of the history of World War II that needs to be told. This is an excellent beginning.
Linda
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Rose Valland's resistance to the occupying German army was exciting. This book is not. It has a lot of interesting information but reads like a thesis. Will somebody who writes thrillers please come along and do justice to Rose Valland's life?
Carol
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war-related
Worth the read. Not sure of veracity based on many sources but stimulating and provokes further investigation. Valland remains a shadowy, enigmatic figure.
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Slow start repetitive, but excellent story (translation) of a brave woman. French version may be better.
Pat Newman
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Rather dry presentation but helped a lot to flesh out this important person who was most of the backstory for The Monuments Men.
Judy
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Short, but a good analysis of Rose Valland's heroic effort to save French and other European art during WWII.
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Marianne
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it
A basic story on Rose Valland. Some inaccuracies (such as referring several times to Paul Rosenberg as a collector --he was an art dealer, or to Alexandre Rosenberg as being a Fine Arts soldier (whatever that is) instead of an officer in the French Second Armored Division). A bit flat.
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