“The Monuments Men”, which will open in theaters Friday in conjunction with the Berlin International Film Festival, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett, is based on the true story of how a team of soldiers and scholars saved thousands of Nazi looted art treasures in the final months of World War II.

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The team faced a double-whammy of a problem…trying to ensure that the treasures were not deliberately destroyed by the desperate Nazis, while also ensuring that they were not accidentally destroyed by Allied bombing. They created hundreds of thousands of records documenting their effort, almost all of which are available under Looted Valuables in Fold3’s Holacaust-Era Assets Collection.

You can access the paysite Fold3 free via our link here: Fold3 free via FCPL

You will need a valid Forsyth County Public Library Card. Feel free to call us at 336-703-3070 if you have problems or questions. A few samples of the available documents:StoutCard

The personnel card for George Stout, who headed the project. He is played by George Clooney in the film.

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A note on General von Ribbentrop’s cache of stolen art

Masterpieces

Ceramics

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Bookplates

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BTW, they are still finding stuff stolen by the Nazis 70 years ago.

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The movie site says it is based on Robert Edsel’s The Monument Men, but he has written two other books on the same subject which almost certainly figure into the mix. He has also produced a documentary film, “The Rape of Europa”, and other items. See here: Robert M. Edsel

This pic from Edsel’s book Saving Italy shows German soldiers with Luca Signorelli’s “Crucifixion” and other works looted from the Uffizi in San Leonardo, Italy, August 13, 1944. Click on the pic for bigger view.

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You can see more pics from Saving Italy here

Ilaria Dagnini Brey published The Venus Fixers, a look at the same story from a different perspective, in 2009. She is married to Carter Brey, the renowned cellist.

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Here is the link to her article published last month in “The Smithsonian”

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