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.
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The rape of Europa: the fate of Europe's treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World WarUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
First-time author Nicholas presents a poorly written survey of the traffic in art under the Nazi regime, first in Germany and then in occupied Europe. She has a great deal of information, but it is ... Read full review
Review: The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World WarUser Review - Peter Shapiro - Goodreads
Once you've read this book, you have a different way of understanding current news reports about families attempting to recover art stolen by the Nazis. For a book that is so informative, it is incredibly readable, and memorable. 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