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am 3. März 2013
This book offers a lot of knowledge about the work of those Monuments Men and some behind the scenes information about prefered pieces of art, mainly of Göring and Hitler, too. From that point it deserves a *****-rating, but the way it is written, did unfortunately remind me to the old times in history class. Two of my colleagues, that were trying to read this book as well, fizzled - I did only succeed, because I had a week off and could afford to fall asleep every 10 pages. And this is NOT overstating! If u got problems to sleep. Take it.
But still, I am glad that I read it, but it was real pain.
"The Monuments Men" by Robert M. Edsel is story about the Monuments Men, less-known people that risked their lives near or behind lines of Nazi Germany to prevent from destruction many precious works of art.
Due to those brave American and British museum directors, curators and art historians numerous culturally important objects and things were preserved and this book tells their story from the perspective of six of those brave men.
The events portrayed in book are happening last year of the WW II when Monuments Man followed advancing Allied forces from the West, after the D-day and invasion to Italy took place, while they try desperately and with minimum support, sometime even without understanding, to perform their valuable job.
There are many interesting individual cases that were mentioned in the book, like painstakingly following the trail of the art pieces that were stolen from the Louvre while the Nazi regime was in charge, or supervising extraction of stolen paintings and other artwork from the salt mines where they were stored by Nazis.
Through the book a motive of "love of art" will be mentioned many times, a syntagm that was used by Nazis as an explanation why so many art pieces were stolen from the museums and other places.
It was great to read how art can unite people, even from the opposing sides in WW II like in the case with one German expert in art who helped the French Louvre manager to reduce the consequences of the museum looting to the minimum possible.
The author also without any sentiment is telling about some events that are almost surreal like a story describing how the people from one village in Belgium jointly decided to save one valuable work of art from the Middle Ages, even though everything around them is almost completely destroyed.
Overall, this book will be a good read for all those interested in WW II and art, a well-researched and well-written book that brought new light on some lesser-known events of the time period that is so often been the subject of numerous literary works, but almost no one has referred to these brave people who enable millions of people today to enjoy the works of art that were on the verge of being gone forever.
Due to that, I recommend you to read it in order to, next time you will look at some work of art that was rescued by Monuments Men, you remember them and thus pay tribute to their remarkable feat.
am 10. April 2014
... lest einfach das Buch. Die Suche nach den Kunstsschätzen wird hier genauer beschrieben und im Gegensatz zum Film reduziert sich dies nicht auf einseitigen Nazi und Antirussenschmarrn. Kunstobjekte wurden schon immer von den Siegern gestohlen, Napoleon bestahl die Preussen und Roosevelt hatte konfiszierte Bilder in seinem Büro hängen. Der Altar von Gent, um den es auch im Film geht, war bis zum Ende des ersten Weltkriegs in deutschem Besitz und musste als Versailler Reparation rausgerückt werden. Man bekommt ein anderes Gefühl für die Frage, wem gehören eigentlich Jahrhunderte alte Kunstschätze und wem dürfen sie überhaupt gehören und was fasziniert eigentlich Kunsthistoriker.