The Monuments Men
Robert Edsel talked about his book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (Center Street; September 3, 2009). In his book he recounts the story of the Allied Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) unit that consisted of women and men from thirteen nations that were entrusted in recovering European cultural artifacts that were stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The unit was composed of art historians, curators, and artists who improvised a myriad of sources to track down the stolen fine art. He focused on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day when a small group made an unprecedented attempt to save art from destruction. Mr. Edsel talked about the extent and premeditation of the Nazi art collection efforts and ongoing efforts to restore artwork, including by his foundation. Mr. Edsel used slides and video during his presentation during which he paid tribute to all veterans. Mr. Edsel responded to questions from mem close
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