The Monuments Men Pdf

The Monuments Men Pdf

The Monuments Men Pdf

The Monuments Men Pdf

About the Book:

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Author:                        Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter

Publisher:                    Center Street; 1st Paperback Edition edition

Publish date:               September 17, 2010

ISBN-10:                      1599951509

ISBN-13:                      9781599951508

Pages:                          512 eBook pages can be different

Language:                   English

Genres:                        History


Not a mystery, and not a narrative, but the story deep-rooted in the fog of war and the number of queries still unsettled reads like the best mystery fiction. Not a thriller, but full of stirring, death-defying action, a book written with passion and ardor, if not the most scrupulous attention to structure and detail, this deterrent tale should be part of the essential reading at the Naval Academy, West Point and the Air Force Academy.
It should also be read by every national politician who anticipates sending invading armies to foreign lands.
Beginning in 1938 and lasting until the final days of World War II, Nazi victors in Europe and North Africa, began systematic and proscribed acquisition of both public and private cultural works of art in the nations under their control.
By the millions, paintings, statues, tapestries furniture and designs were collected, logged and shipped to Germany. Some pieces went to Hitler, others to Goring, Bormann, Himmler and other party officials. The owners, many rich members of the Jewish middle class, after watching their properties plundered, were themselves shipped off to labor and concentration camps.
In 1943 a small group of ordinary men were employed by the American government in hope of the western invasion of Europe. These men, active in the cultural affairs of the United States, formed the Monuments, Fine Arts and Records section. With no resources other than what they could borrow, the FAA were given a lone mission: find, evaluate and protect the cultural heritage of the European continent. They often worked at the boundaries of the battle lines. Through encouragement, determination and high commitment, the members of MFAA and the small number of European devotees were able to entice, and were successful in saving many buildings and large works of immovable culture from demolition by bombing and other effects of the war.
MFAA men went ashore in the early waves at Normandy and moved with the armies. They experienced the adversities of front-line activity and 2 of the members died as a result of combat. Throughout they stayed true to their mission, protecting cultural memorials and following complex trails of records and information gathered in endless interrogations of Nazi party members involved in the mugging and shipping of huge numbers of art and cultural items to secret sanctuaries in castles like Neuschwanstein and the salt mines of Merkers.
This story of the MFAA, mostly lost in time, needs to be restated for history does repeat itself. In 2002, invading American military allowed plunderers to nearly destroy the thousand years old collection that was held by the Baghdad National Museum. There is now a project to find and return missing artifacts. Had this story of the MFAA been preserved and properly recorded, there might have been the appropriate actions taken to protect the artifacts in Iraq.
The Monuments Men is a mesmerizing story that needs to be retold.

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