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Monuments Men Musings

On Saturday evening, my brain hit a wall with homework. I was sick and tired of staring at a screen and doing homework so … I located The Monuments Men movie online and watched it. By staring at a screen. C’est la vie.

As previously stated, this movie was based off of the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History which was written by Robert Edsel back in 2010. I highly recommend the book for a number of reasons. For one, Edsel is not a scholar so his writing has much more of a narrative flow than most history books. There are even scenes in the book that so moved him or amused him that he recreated dialogue between the various characters to better set the scene. In his first foray into this fascinating topic, Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art – America and Her Allies Recovered It (whew! what a mouthful!), Edsel successfully framed the entirety of World War II as Hitler’s desire to acquire all the arts, and the Monuments Men book expands on that, with more words and less pictures.

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A Monumental Man

This past Wednesday, I got to meet Robert Edsel!

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Who is Robert Edsel? ┬áHe’s the author of all those Monuments Men books, on which the movie is based.

You know, the movie where George Clooney and Matt Damon have to save all that art from Hitler?

Ah yes, now I see I’m getting somewhere.

Some background on this:

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HOLY SMOKES YO

Nazi Art Stash Found in Munich

STOP THE PRESSES.  This is like, woah!

Ok, let me back up a little bit.

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