June 14, 2006
Author Robert M. Edsel and Military.com Join Forces to Find and Honor the 'Monuments Men' of World War II
Dallas-based entrepreneur and distinguished author Robert M. Edsel today announced a joint partnership with Military.com, the largest military membership organization, to help find and honor the contributions of a nearly-forgotten group of American World War II heroes, the extraordinary men and women of the War Department's MFAA (Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives) section. These individuals, nicknamed "Monuments Men" by American GI's, rescued tens of thousands of Western Civilization's greatest art masterpieces and monuments from the clutches of Hitler and the Nazis, including some of the most famous works of Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Raphael, Vermeer, Picasso, and Da Vinci.
As part of their combined efforts, Military.com will be offering existing and new members discounted copies of Mr. Edsel's remarkable new photographic book entitled "Rescuing Da Vinci" (Laurel Publishing; 320 pages featuring 460 photographs), which uses many never-before-seen images to vividly tell the story of Hitler's life-long obsession with art, his premeditated theft of thousands of masterpieces, and the amazing effort by America and her allies to locate, identify and return the stolen art to its rightful owners.
Mr. Edsel will be contributing exclusive Podcast interviews, discussions and content on the Military.com website, giving members and new members the opportunity to learn more about the Monuments Men, their achievements, and to become actively involved in honoring these heroes.
"A few hundred servicemen and women were primarily responsible for rescuing some of the greatest art in history and preserving Western Europe's cultural treasures. They deserve to be recognized for their achievement," explains Mr. Edsel. "Military.com is the perfect vehicle to help bring their story to the public and ensure that their contributions and heroic efforts will not be lost in the fog of history."
Military.com will also aide Edsel in his current efforts to locate and identify surviving members of the MFAA and their families by coordinating access to their substantial "Buddy Finder" database, giving all Military.com members the opportunity to interact with Mr. Edsel and assist in identifying all Monuments personnel.
With over 8 million members, Military.com is the largest online military destination, fielding over 7 million unique visitors monthly. Through their "Buddy Finder" system, Military.com members and new members also have access to over 20 million military records.