Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe's Great Art - America and Her Allies Recovered It

Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe's Great Art - America and Her Allies Recovered It

by Robert M. Edsel


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Rescuing Da Vinci uses 460 photographs to tell the "untold story of the "Monuments Men" and their discovery of more than 1,000 repositories filled with millions of items including paintings, sculpture, furniture, archives, and other treasures stolen during WWII by Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. The book includes photographs of Hitler designing the Fuhrer Museum, along with photographs of the extraordinary measures taken by museum officials in Europe to protect their masterpieces from the Nazis' planned looting. Ultimately, Hitler and the Nazis' unprecedented theft of Europe gave way to the greatest treasure hunt in history, the search for art and other treasures valued at more than a trillion dollars! The Allies created a special force known as Monuments, Fine Art, and Archives Section comprised of museum directors, curators and art historians - men and women from more than 15 nations - who spent more than six years locating, rescuing, and then returning these treasures to the countries from which they were stolen. Efforts to locate and return missing artwork continue to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977433490
Publisher: Laurel Publishing
Publication date: 01/28/2006
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Robert Edsel began his career in the oil and gas exploration business. In 1996 he moved to Europe to pursue his interests in the arts. Settling in Florence seeing some of the great works, he wondered how all of the monuments and art treasures survived the devastation of World War II. During the ensuing years, he devoted himself to finding the answer. In the process, he commissioned major research that has resulted in this book.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Lynn Nicholas     vii
Foreword   Edmund P. Pillsbury, Ph.D.     ix
Author's Preface     x
Prologue     1
Setting the Stage     9
Preparations     47
War Arrives     87
Theft by Any Other Name     105
Heroes and Heroines     127
Treasure Found     153
Collecting Points     207
Homeward Bound     227
Casualties of War     259
Epilogue     285
Sources     290
Credits     295
Index     298

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