The Monuments Men

In Munich, art is quite the popular topic in the media these days, and the rumored Nazi stolen art treasure trove is the main event. Some 1500 pieces of art work were found in a former Nazi art dealer’s apartment. These pieces include paintings and sculptures, by well-known artists as well as lesser known.

The real story, though, is this is not the first time art “stolen” by the Nazi’s has been mentioned this month. You may have seen the trailer for the film “The Monuments Men” starring George Clooney and other various actors.

This film is all about reclaiming the art stolen by the Nazis during WWII. The film is based on a phenomenal book by Robert M. Edsel. I would suggest it to anyone who is even remotely interested in history, German affairs, or art. It is an incredible story of how important art truly is and how it’s tied to history.

It has been 75 years since WWII started. As a culture we are still finding new developments from that time. Finding these art works might not seem like a matter of global concern, but if you think about it, these paintings were people’s lives. It was the history of their life, and to the world that was important. These events are something to be noted — art changed these men forever.


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