Friday, February 7, 2014

Real 'Monuments Men' Records on Display-- Part 1

From the Feb. 6, 2014, Kenosha (Wi) News by Brett Zongker AP. //// When Paris fell to the Germans in World War II, art historians knew that Europe's vast number of cathedrals, monuments, art and architecture were at risk. Efforts began to save as much as they could. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. became the center for lobbying to get FDR and Allied forces to prevent the destruction of these. The efforts created a group of British and American soldiers who worked for their preservation and to recover stolen art during and after the war. They became known as "The Monuments Men." And, of course, there is the movie by the same name opening today. //// Now, for the first time, photographs, maps, correspondence and records, including lists of Adolf Hitler's (and other Nazi leaders) amassed collection are on display at the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and the National Archives. //// This Is Going to be a Real Good Movie. --GreGen

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