The Rape of Europa by Lynn H. Nicholas
The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War

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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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About Lynn H. Nicholas

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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.
 
Published December 18, 2009 by Vintage. 512 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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As a former researcher at Washington's National Gallery who made a childhood visit through the devastated Germany of 1948, Nicholas is well equipped to elucidate the technicalities and vivify the chaos of wartime Europe's emergency storage sites, their improvised safety and climate controls, the ...

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At Schloss Neuschwanstein in southern Bavaria, Captain James Rorimer supervises the safeguarding of art stolen from French Jews and stored during the war at the castle (April-May, 1945).

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``Never had works of art been so important to a political movement and never had they been moved about on such a vast scale.'' Nicholas's lavishly illustrated work chronicles the transfer, trading and looting of a large proportion of Europe's cultural treasures by the Nazis and the recovery of mo...

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In this NBCC winner, first-time author Nichols documents Nazi Germany's attempt to cleanse Europe of its ``degenerate'' art and the Allies' effort to preserve the continent's cultural treasures.

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London Review of Books

As Nicholas observes, ‘several non-Jewish collections belonging to people with suspicious names had to be returned with sheepish letters of apology.’ The American art historian Lane Faison, who served as an officer in the OSS Art Looting Investigation Unit, described Nazi looting as unique becaus...

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Directed By Richard Berge Bonni Cohen Nicole Newnham (Thanks to Wikipedia.) The Rape of Europa [ IMDB ] This mesmerizing documentary traces not just Adolf Hitler's plan to steal and/or destroy Europe's great works of art, it also chronicles the efforts of a brave few who actually risked life and...

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Variety

Bringing a radically new perspective to World War II and the Holocaust, this fast-paced docu, based on Lynn Nicholas' bestseller about the fate of European art both under the Nazis and afterward, casts the Third Reich in a wholly different light.

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