The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - eowynfaramir - LibraryThing
Very well written and engaging, for the most part. About one-third of the way through the book, I was struggling to keep focusing on the story--I think that was because the cast of characters is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Liz1564 - LibraryThing
The Rape of Europa : The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War is a very detailed account of the systematic plunder by the Third Reich. It is divided roughly into ... Read full review
The Nazi Collectors Organize
Invasion of the West The Nazi
Occupied France Protection
France The Art Market Flourishes
The Launching of the Allied Protection Effort