Monuments Men: Saving History!
Monuments Men and Women Are Sent to Protect European Art
Summary of Event
Hitler was destroying and stealing art for two reasons. The first reason being when he was rejected by a fine arts school, and second reason was he wanted to destroy the past of the people so this was the life they remember. Hitler also made it a challenge to find the art with more than one thousand hiding places for his stolen treasures.
By the end of the war, there were thousands of priceless artifacts that were saved by the Monument Men in their bravery. Even after the war though the Monuments Men continued to look for the missing artifacts. Today however there are only three living monuments men and still thousands of missing pieces of artwork. This shows that Roosevelt's decision to allow for the monuments men to go to Europe saved European culture.
FACTS AND STATISTICS
- Monuments Men were men and women from thirteen different nations.
- The official name was the MFAA or the Monuments, fine arts, and archives, division their job to protect and recover the world's greatest treasures.
- In the last year of the war they recovered over five million artifacts stolen by Hitler and his nazis.
- The Monuments Men stayed in Europe six years after the war ended organizing concerts and traveling art exhibits. Hitler and the Germans hid art in salt mines.
- When they got home the Monuments Men created many famous museums.
- For every 1 "Monuments Men," there was roughly 45,000 Nazis soldiers.
- The salt mines and castles that had the paintings in them had gold (sometimes) hidden in them as well.
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