Treasure Hunters in Uniform: ‘Monuments Men’ Remembered

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We don’t tend to think of World War II as a setting for one of history’s biggest art thefts. Now some veterans of that war are being honored for recovering some of the most famous – and not so famous – art of the Western world: so much of it, in fact, that there’s a good chance you’ve seen some of the thousands of works they have tracked down.

As German forces bombed and invaded Europe, they also removed an estimated five million works of art and cultural objects from museums, churches, universities and homes. The take included masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer,Leonardo da VinciMichelangelo and Jan van Eyck, along with works by lesser-known artists. Precious religious items, including silver crosses and ancient Torah scrolls, were also swept up, as were valuable pieces of furniture and rare books: spoils of war that represented centuries of Western culture. By DIANTHA PARKER

Treasure Hunters in Uniform: ‘Monuments Men’ Remembered (NYT)

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