The Rape of Europa [DVD
The Rape of Europa is an exceptionable film containing a mix of extraordinary archival footage with narration by Joan Allen and interviews with various art historians and others. Well over ninety-percent of the photographic imagery and historical background content was absolutely new to me. This is a film everyone should view and own in for their personal or family collection. I recommend every educator to purchase a copy for their classroom, and every librarian purchase a copy for their institution.
This is an amazing account of a little known aspect of Hitler's ambition during the Second World War. It's a MUST for every history buff or art historian! Incredible, amazing, unforgettable. Raises numerous unanswerable questions. To what extent did Hitler's actions stem from his rejection by the Vienna Art Academy? The film also introduces the unsung heroes -- the Monuments Men. I just saw Robert Edsel on BBC discussing his new book about these Allied Soldiers who rescued and returned millions of items stolen during WWII. I have also ordered his book, the Monuments Men.