The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 22, 2009 - History - 512 pages
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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 War

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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

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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

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Invasion of the West The Nazi
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Treasure Hunts in the Ruined Reich
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Fifty Years of Restitution

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Lynn H. Nicholas was born in New London. Connecticut.  She was educated in the United States, England, and Spain, and received her B.A. from Oxford University. After her return to the United States she worked for several years at the National Gallery of Art.  While living in Belgium in the early 1980s, she began research for this book, her first.  Ms. Nicholas and her husband live in Washington, D.C.

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