The Monuments Men

and the holocaust

Background Information

The Monuments Men was a group of people that volunteered for service during World War 2. They wanted to protect the artistic and cultural treasures of the U.S. and many of them had skills as museum educators, directors, curators, art historians, artists, architects, and educators. More than 5 million pieces of artwork stolen by the Nazis or Hitler were returned.


*The Monuments Men was made up of abut 345 men and women

*More than 5 million artistic and cultural items were returned by the Monuments Men

Impact on Holocaust

Many of the artwork stolen was stolen by the Nazis or Hitler, and about 1,500 repositories of art and cultural objects were found in Germany.


"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart..."

-Anne Frank

Interesting Facts

*The Monuments Men was made up of 345 people from 13 different nations

*Some of the Monuments Men were women

*Not everything stolen was artwork; some church bells were stolen to be melted down.

*Some artwork was also saved by American Servicemen