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The Rape of Europa

The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War

The Rape of Europa by Lynn H. Nicholas
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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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; December 2009
512 pages; ISBN 9780307739728
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Title: The Rape of Europa
Author: Lynn H. Nicholas
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