Both Ms. Eisenhower and Mr. Edsel, the Monuments Men’s champion, stressed two points: that while the Monuments Men’s work was unprecedented, hundreds of thousands of works are still missing, and that “no similar effort has been made by the U.S.... Read More
DALLAS (AP) — Among the items U.S. soldiers seized from Adolf Hitler’s Bavarian Alps hideaway in the closing days of World War II were albums meticulously documenting an often forgotten Nazi crime — the massive pillaging of artwork and... Read More
George Clooney has started to work on his next project, writing, directing and starring in a big-budget movie about the men who chased down the stolen art of Europe during World War II, he told TheWrap on Saturday.... Read More
This September 14-23, Monuments Men Foundation President Robert M. Edsel and Monuments Man Harry Ettlinger will lead a small group on a one-of-a kind trip designed in conjunction with The National World War II Museum. The ten day trip to... Read More
The Kimbell Museum helps determine the history of Renaissance bust that passed through Nazi hands on its way to Fort Worth.... Read More
The Monuments Men Foundation for the
Preservation of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of James H.
Edsel to their Board of Trustees. Mr. Edsel is the Founder and President of
three diverse entities: JHE Holdings, LLC,... Read More
The Monuments Men Foundation is proud to announce the discovery of an audio recording of General Eisenhower speaking about the importance of art and its protection during war.
The speech was delivered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New... Read More
As commander of Allied forces in Europe during World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower explicitly ordered his troops to safeguard objects of cultural and historical importance whenever possible – even while fighting a war of devastating destructiveness. Now, historians... Read More
Newly discovered Eisenhower audio emphasizes the importance of protecting art during war
Robert M. Edsel, President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art and author of The Monuments Men, announced today the discovery of an audio recording of... Read More
Author and businessman Robert Edsel, a Dallas native, is one of a dozen winners of the 2011 Texas Medal of the Arts Awards.
The Texas Cultural Trust announced the recipients of the biennial honors at a luncheon at the Winspear Opera... Read More
Video aired on Good Morning Texas on wfaa.com showcasing Robert Edsel and the Monuments Men Foundations efforts identify and return priceless art stolen from Jewish families.... Read More
People don’t normally associate the words soldier and scholar, but Robert Edsel, author of “The Monuments Men” and president of Monuments Men Foundation, is trying to change that.
Edsel spoke 4 p.m. Friday at the Jule Collins Smith Museum in a... Read More
In 2011, The National World War II Museum’s Five Star Tours will join with Robert M. Edsel, author of the best-selling The Monuments Men and Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation, to offer a tour in search of... Read More
Acting on tips, they fanned out to salt mines, castles and other hiding places, racing to beat Russian armies who saw art as spoils of war.... Read More
National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD “Monuments Men” examine relics of the Holy Roman regalia upon their return to Vienna in 1946. Lt. Ernest DeWald *14 *16 is at far right, and Lt. Perry Cott ’29 *37 is... Read More
The SMU Meadows Museum, known as one of America’s great university museums, recently discovered three of its most prominent works have a breathtaking past.
They were part of the biggest art heist in the history of the world: Adolf Hitler’s... Read More
Stolen, destroyed and lost forever – during World War II, Nazis looted artistic treasures across Europe. Now, a Frisco man thinks he may own one of those stolen works.
In a remarkable twist of history, the number “237” glued to the... Read More
On January 22, the U.S. State Department hosted a ceremony mark- ing the return of two irreplaceable documents, one of which was lo- cated by the Monuments Men Foundation. Gemäldegalerie Linz Al- bum XIII was a prized possession of... Read More
If Adolf Hitler hadn’t been crazy for art, history might be different.
That’s just one of the eye-widening revelations I got from Robert Edsel when we met recently at the National World War II Museum. Edsel, who lives in Dallas, became... Read More
Several years ago, I started a foundation called Monuments Men. It’s dedicated to some unknown heroes who made a huge difference in World War II. These are the museum directors, curators, librarians, architects and others who risked their lives to... Read More
As this decade – the ‘aught’ decade of the 21st century – comes to a close, it is
appropriate to pause and consider all that our small team has accomplished. Let’s
begin by restating the primary objectives: to... Read More
Among its crimes against humanity, Nazi Germany may have stolen more than five million cultural objects from the countries it conquered, including thousands of the world’s greatest artistic masterpieces. As the American and British armies and their allies began pushing... Read More
Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) — While the Royal Air Force shot down his fighter planes in the Battle of Britain, Field Marshal Hermann Goering sifted through piles of stolen pictures at Paris’s Jeu de Paume. His country palace of Karinhall had... Read More
Author of Monuments Men talking about recovering treasures stolen by the Nazis during World War Two.
Audio from Sunday Morning on 13 Dec 2009
After fighting his way across Europe during World War II, John Pistone was among the U.S. soldiers who entered Adolf Hitler’s home nestled in the Bavarian Alps as the war came to a close.
Making his way through the Berghof, Hitler’s... Read More
If you enjoy rejection, criticism, small-minded thinking, and antiques (e.g., the book business), becoming an author is for you! Why then pursue it? In my case, I am driven by my passion to tell the story of a group of... Read More
This gripping history of the soldiers who worked during the war to track down and save imperiled masterworks of European art seized by the Nazi’s, is very good reading. Edsel’s account takes the more general tale told in Lynn Nicholas’... Read More
On May 26, 1944, 11 days before the one called D-Day, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower issued an unusual order: His officers must “protect and respect” the cultural monuments that lay in the path of war. The job of carrying out... Read More
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Page & Palette will host Robert Edsel between 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 when the author will speak and sign copies of his book “The Monuments Men” at the downtown bookstore before Fairhope’s annual Christmas... Read More
JIM LEHRER: And finally tonight: a tale of war, art, and an unusual group of soldiers. Jeffrey Brown has our conversation.
JEFFREY BROWN: It was a drama that largely took place behind the scenes of the great sweep of... Read More
You know that sense of personal loss you get when you’re paging through a monograph on a favourite artist, and come upon a grainy old black-and-white photo of a painting with the legend, “lost or destroyed during World War II”?... Read More
Robert Edsel, author of “The Monuments Men,” joins the Morning Joe gang to discuss the collective of museum directors, curators, art historians and librarians who volunteered to reclaim cultural treasures from the path of World War II.... Read More
Adolf Hitler’s plan for the subjugation of the world included its culture and treasures. Art was to be taken from conquered countries and stored in Germany until Hitler could build the world’s largest museum complex in his hometown of Linz,... Read More
Robert Edsel recounts the Allied unit (MFAA – Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives) that consisted of several hundred women and men from thirteen nations composed of art historians, curators and artists that were entrusted in recovering European cultural artifacts... Read More
As World War II raged, Adolf Hitler retained an ambition to build the world’s finest museum in his hometown of Linz, Austria. He planned to call it the Führermuseum and hoped to stock it with the greatest works of art... Read More
From 1939 through the last months of the war, the Nazi army seized priceless paintings,
sculptures, tapestries and more, from museums, palaces, cathedrals, private homes,
even tiny chapels—the Nazis plundered everything, carting off the cultural history of
every nation they... Read More
A newly discovered catalogue of artworks stolen by Nazis compiled for Adolf Hitler could help unravel the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of lost masterpieces seized during the Second World War.... Read More
Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter (Preface, £20; Buy this book; 496pp) The subtitle pretty much gives the plot and the pitch in précis: “Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.” From 1942... Read More
Though Robert Edsel might not be a household name just yet, a look at his résumé certainly points toward celebrity. After graduating from St. Mark’s, Edsel played college tennis, started an oil and gas company and later sold it... Read More
You may have heard about Nazis destroying and looting art all over Europe. But you may not know that the looting – tons of works taken from both personal and public collections – was perhaps the great pillage in history,... Read More
Today at a National Archives press conference, Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, Michael Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for Records Services and Robert M. Edsel, author of Rescuing Da Vinci and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation... Read More
Like the swashbuckling Jones, Mr. Edsel has faced... Read More
Stationed in Germany after World War II, James Reeds was the chief clerk for a little office with a big mission: rescuing art that the Nazis had looted.
On Wednesday, the 85-year-old Kansas City man squinted into the bright television lights... Read More
Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vermeer — these masterpieces grace the walls of museums today but might have been lost forever if not for the work of a group nicknamed Monuments Men.
“The Monuments Men and Women are my heroes. They’re —... Read More
Author Robert Edsel discusses his new book, “Rescuing da Vinci”. Edsel says that the campaign to protect Europe’s artistic and cultural heritage during the conflict is a new way of understanding the magnitude and impact of the Second World War.... Read More
The story concerns the mass looting of Europe’s patrimony by the Nazis, followed by the historic achievements of the so-called Monuments Men, the mostly American (and British) officers who recovered and repatriated so much of the theft at war’s end.... Read More
Through the centuries many people have been haunted by the work of Raphael, but probably few have been haunted in quite the same way as Bernard Taper.
Even now, at 88, he says he finds a certain painting continuing to surface... Read More
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... Read More