The Auburn Plainsman

Elizabeth Fite

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 lecture sponsored the by the museum and the College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

The lecture focused on Edsel’s book, his foundation and his efforts to inform the world of the Monuments Men, a group of United States soldiers sent to recover cultural artifacts destined for destruction in World War II.

“Most people don’t know what happened to these works of art and know the extraordinary role the United States played in protecting these things for all these years and making sure they got back where they belong,” Edsel said.

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