The story of ‘The Monuments Men’

68 years after the end of WWII, the Monuments Men, an unlikely groups of men and women from 13 countries who were tasked with saving Europe’s cultural history, can final receive one of the nation’s highest civilian honors.   

These museum directors, curators, art scholars and architects enlisted in the army and worked to protect monuments and other cultural treasures from the Nazi destruction of World War II. They traveled behind enemy lines to track, locate and recover masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners.

As the research continues into who the Monuments Men were and locating the lost art of World War II they are asking for our help. Let’s tell Congress we support the Monuments Men by awarding them with a Congressional Gold Medal. All you have to do is go to their website and click “vote” to alert your congressional member you support them!

Do you have any information on a piece of art from World War II? Call the Toll Free number: 1-866-WWII-ART (1866-994-4278) to let them know what you have.

Watch the full discussion with Robert Edsel, Author of the New York TimesBestselling book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

The Cycle, 1/27/14, 4:20 PM ET

True story behind ‘The Monuments Men’

Robert Edsel talks about “The Monuments Men,” which is based on his New York Times bestseller and tells the story of the greatest treasure hunt in history. 

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The story of 'The Monuments Men'