The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War (Google eBook)
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
The real story behind the major motion picture The Monuments Men. The cast of characters includes Hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall--not to mention works by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. And the story told in this superbly researched and suspenseful book is that of the Third Reich's war on European culture and the Allies' desperate effort to preserve it.
From the Nazi purges of "Degenerate Art" and Goering's shopping sprees in occupied Paris to the perilous journey of the Mona Lisa from Paris and the painstaking reclamation of the priceless treasures of liberated Italy, The Rape of Europa is a sweeping narrative of greed, philistinism, and heroism that combines superlative scholarship with a compelling drama.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World WarUser Review - Rebecca - Goodreads
Interesting subject: this book gave an insight into an aspect of WWII that I'd never considered. The author's detailed research spotlighted not only the major players in the political and art worlds ... Read full review
Review: The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World WarUser Review - Christine Couvillon - Goodreads
Really 4.5 stars. This book was an excellent analysis of a large subject that sprawled over many years and many countries. At times, because of the extensive subject, it dragged. It could've been a ... Read full review
Invasion of the West The Nazi
Occupied France Protection
France The Art Market Flourishes
The Launching of the Allied Protection Effort