Art exposes the best and most fragile qualities of man in the very moment of war. The nexus to choose between humanity and visceral destruction beyond death, ruination. Leaders and individuals have the choice to save art, steal art or simply shatter art beyond identity.
The destroyers are known, The looters are, for the most part, known. The protectors, on the other hand, are often invisible, unrecognized heroes, fading from history. Until, someone cuts through the clutter of daily news, nostalgic battle stories and stories of survival.
Robert Edsel, author of Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasurers from the Nazis and Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (George Clooney film trailer of the same name) is the clarion in the dark recognizing and honoring the men and women who served in the Allied forces during World War II to preserve…
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