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History Book Discussion: "Monuments Men"

When Nov 21, 2013
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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The Decorah Public Library history book group will discuss Robert Edsel’s The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 21 on the 2nd floor of the library. Books are available for checkout at the front desk of the library.


At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.


In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.


Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, Edsel’s account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.


The history book group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month; meetings are open to the public (note date changes in Nov. and Dec. due to the holidays). The group will discuss “Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West” by Stephen Ambrose on Thurs. Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m.  Call Kristin at 563-382-3717 with questions.