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Greatest Untold Story of WWII!,
This review is from: Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (Hardcover)
Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
I saw Mr. Edsel on a BBC Segment and immediately ordered this book. It is hard to imagine why such an extraordinary story about a group of such extraordinary men and women has not been told until now. Congratulations to Mr. Edsel for finally writing about the "greatest untold story of WWII" and for bringing attention to these heroes of civilization. The world owes much to them for risking their lives to save so many of our most precious cultural treasures. In one word, this story is remarkable and this book should be a must own for every school library, military base, and politician as a reminder of the legacy of the Monuments Men and of the importance of protecting culture in times of conflict.
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Initial post: 9 Feb 2014 10:08:36 GMT
Dr. John Cameron says:
George Clooney's wartime art-retrieval romp The Monuments Men is Hollywood's usual historic trash and all that is missing is a spectral appearance from John Wayne. As most people outside California realize the disappearance of European art was mainly due to general looting by the Western allies and systematic pillaging by Soviet teams. Russia's Trophy Brigades carried off at least 2.5 million artworks and 10 million books and manuscripts while soldiers and officials took what was left in Eastern Europe. Not to be outdone, senior US and UK officers used bomber aircraft to carry off loot from both Germany and the liberated nations most of which is still in private hands. I doubt a single allied soldier returned without the treasured object of some continental family and this self-serving offering was rightly booed at the Berlin Film Festival.
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