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Monuments Men: Auf der Jagd nach Hitlers Raubkunst
Monuments Men: Auf der Jagd nach Hitlers Raubkunst
Monuments Men: Auf der Jagd nach Hitlers Raubkunst
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Monuments Men: Auf der Jagd nach Hitlers Raubkunst

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Es ist ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit: Die Nationalsozialisten organisieren den "größten Diebstahl der Geschichte" und lassen aus den besetzten Gebieten Europas mehr als fünf Millionen Kunstobjekte für das "Führermuseum" ins Reich schaffen. Als die Alliierten in der Normandie landen, ist unter ihnen eine Sondereinheit: die "Monuments Men". ihr Auftrag: bedeutende Kulturgüter vor der Zerstörung zu schützen, geraubte und verschollene Kunstwerke aufzuspüren - Gemälde von Leonardo, Vermeer und Rembrandt, Skulpturen von Michelangelo.

Robert M. Edsel erzählt die atemberaubende Schatzsuche anhand von persönlichen Briefen und Tagebüchern der Schlüsselfiguren - bis zum dramatischen Showdown im Salzbergwerk von Altaussee. Bereits in 19 Sprachen übersetzt. Die Vorlage zum Film von und mit George Clooney.
SpracheDeutsch
HerausgeberResidenz Verlag
Erscheinungsdatum29. Jan. 2013
ISBN9783701743339
Monuments Men: Auf der Jagd nach Hitlers Raubkunst
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  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    While slow and somewhat repetitive for the first 60 pages this book picks up nicely after. It jumps from view point to view point as the "Monument Men" struggle to get from location to location hunting down the worlds greatest artworks by hitching rides with convoys and driving a broken down topless VW. To becoming the most sought after men at the end of the war. Great Read!
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    When I first saw previews for the movie, and then subsequently read the book, my question going in, with all the tragedy and destruction of the Second World War, who cares about the saving of art work? Reading this book helped answer at least partially that question. The irony is that Hitler and his henchmen unwittingly helped.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    Riveting record of the saving of cultural treasures of Europe.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    Detailed and very readable account of the efforts to protect (and then recover) art during World War II in Europe (outside Italy, which is covered in Edsel's other book). Excellent and highly recommended.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    An excellent story of the men involved in saving and recovering the lost and stolen art of Europe. This isn't a novel about combat, but about another side of the war, preserving the heritage of all of the people of Western Europe. This is much more indepth than the movie of the same name. I thought this was a fascinating topic, though perhaps it could have been covered a bit more briefly. The unending work and struggle of the very few Monuments Men is an amazing feat of human decency and courage.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    Destiny is not one push...but a thousand small moments that through insight and hard work you line up in the right direction, like a magnet does with metal shavings. Plenty, misery, recriminations, sympathy. All such an exaggerated picture of the man-made way of life in a God-made world. If it all dosen't prove the necessity of Heaven, I don't know what it means.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    It reads like a mystery as the army men are tracking down the art looted by Hitler. The commitment of these men to their objective is impressive. I didn't see the movie but I am glad I read the book and can recommend it highly. In the process I got some tidbits on the Second World War that I was not aware of. Worth a detour.
  • Bewertung: 3 von 5 Sternen
    3/5
    Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel provides a somewhat different look at World War II and the atrocities committed by the Nazis. Next to all the books written about World War II, this one most certainly stands out as regards its point of focus. Edsel relates the efforts of the MFAA, the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program of the Allied Armies that was started in 1943. The so-called 'monuments men' were not necessarily soldiers, they were art experts. Now, what was their role in the war? During the war, the Nazis stole and 'appropriated' pieces of art all over Europe. Among them were Michelangelo's Bruges Madonna, the Ghent altarpiece, and a huge amount of paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer and many others. Towards the end of the war, Hitler issued the so-called Nero Decree, saying that additionally to infrastructure and ressources, all art should be burnt lest it fall into the hands of the 'enemy'. The job of the monuments men then was to rescue the stolen pieces of art and thereby help keep alive an integral part of human culture. Finding looted Nazi treasures was just the first step of a very long process. The treasures had to be inspected and catalogued, then packed and shipped out of the mines, castles, monasteries, or simple holes in the ground where they had been stored.Eventually everything had to be returned to the respective owners or museums in case the owners had been murdered.When one thinks of such a mission, one would think of many people being involved. However, at the beginning of the program there were only six monuments men who traveled with the Allied troops. Until the end of the war about 350 men and women served in the MFAA effort, some of them losing their lives in the war. Considering this rather small number of people and the vast area they had to cover in Europe, their achievement is truly an astonishing feat and definitely worth mentioning or writing a book about.The book is in many respects a very interesting one. Not only does it provide a lot of detailed background information about a war that has already been covered by tons of books. What is more, Monuments Men relates the stories of civilians who decided that something had to be done about the looting of treasures in Europe and who did not hesitate to serve at the frontlines of a war they were not trained to fight in.The reading process was not always easy as some of the chapters were very detailed. This is probably a bonus for art aficionados, but for me, being just averagely interested in art, it was a bit too much at times. Other chapters, however, were almost gripping, which says a lot for a work of non-fiction. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in art or gaining deeper insight into World War II from a completely different perspective. On the whole, 3 stars.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    This book opened many windows for me. Most of what I've learned about WWII previously had been from the point of view of the Holocaust. This book was very different. It followed the movement of the Allied Forces in Europe from the Normandy invasion through the defeat of Nazi Germany, but it told the entire story from the perspective of the Monuments Men, those Allied Forces soldiers extremely knowledgeable in the art world, as they sought to protect cultural icons as well as locate valuable art appropriated by the Nazis from both public and private collections during their occupation of France and Italy. I was flabbergasted by the vast amount of stolen treasure amassed by the Nazis, the manner in which they collected these items, and how speedily and secretly they stored these precious items away from the eyes of the rest of the world. I found this book took a bit of concentration at first as there are several Monument Men which the story describes as moving from place to place as the Allied Forces followed the Nazi withdrawal. The story of the Monuments Men became increasingly intriguing and more astonishing with each turn of this book's pages. The way this story proclaimed to its readers more truth of Nazi immorality and greed. It also revealed an amazing story which was often overshadowed by the media's revelation of other more disastrous events of World War II.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    To safeguard these things will show respect for the beliefs and customs of all men and will bear witness that these things belong not only to a particular people but also to the heritage of mankind.I am always interested in learning more about WWII, specifically about the people that risked their lives during the war to save others' lives or to save important cultural objects. Basically I just love reading about the courageous people that served during WWII and seeing what their lives were like and what they accomplished during the war. When I saw the movie adaptation of this book (while the movie was based on true events you could tell it was loosely based), I knew that I really wanted to read the book.Readers will be really interested in reading this book if they want to know more about the men and women (well Rose Valland is really the only woman that is really talked about in detail) that were a part of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) section that helped save and return artwork looted by the Germans during WWII. This book really talks about the background of each of the Monuments Men and discusses what each man (and Rose Valland, who without none of this probably would have happened) did during the war.This book does at time briefly discuss the artwork that MFAA is trying to find and save but it is definitely not the best in going into detail about the artwork. I have heard that there are other books that focus more on the artwork and I would recommend this book to someone if they are looking more to learn about the individual Monuments Men and their activities during the war. I would have liked to have learned a bit more about the stolen artwork but I do appreciate what the author did cover in this book.
  • Bewertung: 3 von 5 Sternen
    3/5
    This tells the story of a small group of U.S. Army men who in 1944 and 1945 were given the task of locating and saving works of art which the Nazis had stolen from Jews and the countries they occupied. The so-called monument men did not have a lot of help but did a monumental job and succeeded in recovering a lot of priceless objects which had been stolen and which some Nazis were intending to destroy rather than let it be returned to the people they had stolen it from. I did not think the story too well told but it is exciting at times and one cannot help but be appreciative of the great job those unsung heroes did for the art world and for civilization.
  • Bewertung: 5 von 5 Sternen
    5/5
    A fantastic look at the efforts made by the Allied forces to attempt to preserve the artistic and cultural legacy of Europe even as war eroded the foundations of civilization, and the Nazis (and later Soviets) looted every artistic treasure in their path. The book also gives a very interesting look at the scientific background of art preservation as we know it today, which I was surprised to find out is a very recent innovation.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    Interesting but necessarily episodic account of how a handful of men, mainly academics and art curators, searched for and found vast quantities of looted works or art, in the final phase of World War II in Europe.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    These men did an impossible job with too little support under difficult conditions. There was never enough time, supplies or support. But they did it. A true case of doing the right thing for the right reasons. We should learn from them. True men of the greatest generation.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    This is a long slow read, but it is worth it! The Nazis were famous for their cruel treatment of the Jews, but they were also looters and thieves. Adolf Hitler wanted all the Aryan-approved works of art to be featured in his own museum: the Fuhrermuseum. He ordered his men to steal paintings, statues, books, anything worth of any value, and hide it away. But a wonderful group of men--the Monuments Men--had their own plans. Retrieve the hidden treasures and return them to the world where they rightfully belonged.
  • Bewertung: 3 von 5 Sternen
    3/5
    This book was super intriguing! I love learning about aspects of history that are overlooked or simply forgotten and this is a prime example of WWII material that was left out of most text books!Robert Edsel sets the stage with an odd assortment of characters, a bunch of middle aged museum curators and art officials who have been assembled to become the Monuments Men, destined to save European art from nototiously bad looting Nazis during the second World War. They quickly discover that no one is in charge there is no budget, no supplies, few men, and a nearly impossible task to complete. It's chaos. But amidst all their hardships they work together to carry out one of the most amazing and under appreciated jobs in the war, saving priceless artifacts, artworks, archives, and monuments, from destruction, not only from the Germans but from the Allies as well.The story is amazing, finding Rembrandts and Vermeers hidden in mines, thousands of works of art hidden in railcars, saving historic cities from Allied bombbings and more. It's just incredible. The monuments men saw and cared for more priceless works of art than most people even see or hear of in a lifetime of museum visits. They rescued and discovered works that most curators and art afficiandos would sell their souls to see. It's an amazing story and I can't wait to see the movie version coming out this spring. My only complaint is that the story wasn't the most fluid reading ever. It was good, but lagged in the beginning and then some parts were confusing or overexplained. Still worth a read though!
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    A very interesting story. Another piece of history that wasn't taught in school. I'm guessing the movie won't do justice to these men.
  • Bewertung: 2 von 5 Sternen
    2/5
    Really quite a disservice to the men who faced great danger with poor support in rescuing works of art during the Second World War. This book is neither one thing nor the other: it does not give the historical and political context of this effort; nor does it focus on the work of the men themselves. Too much of this book is 'X went to Y and looked at some art' without offering any more. The style is journalese at its least finest, almost always referring to 'evil Nazis' with a firm eye on the parochial USA market - 'Paris, France'. I particularly remember the comments about the USA 'standing alone' against Germany. A poor historical narrative of a subject that could have been much more excitingly covered. I only give it 2 starts because of the good use of historical documents and letters home from these brave men.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    While living in Florence, Italy, author Robert M. Edsel wondered how so many brilliant works of art could have survived the cataclysm that was World War II. What he discovered was the MFAA-- the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program-- a group of dedicated museum curators, artists, art restorers, art historians, and soldiers who risked their lives to save hundreds of years worth of European culture. Rightfully overshadowed by the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, the work these men and women did-- often with no weapons, no transportation, and no cameras or film-- has now come to light.Like many readers, I came to The Monuments Men first through the film starring George Clooney. Although I did enjoy it, I couldn't get over the feeling that most of the story had been left untold. The Nazis stole millions of pieces of art and either kept them for themselves, destroyed them, or placed them in caches for Hitler's master plan art museum (which, thankfully, was never built). I had to learn more; thus, I turned to Edsel's book.Edsel covers the period of time from D-Day to V-E Day in northwestern Europe. (In a second book, Saving Italy, the author covers MFAA efforts in that country; there's simply too much story to tell in one book.) The first third of the book is rather disjointed as Edsel jumps from location to location, relating the difficulties of implementing the MFAA objectives (which were backed by Eisenhower), introducing the Monuments Men, and explaining the scope of Nazi plundering. I was so fascinated by the subject matter that this choppiness scarcely phased me.Once the stage has been set and the Allies fight their way out of France and Belgium, the book picks up speed, and the action does take on the appearance of a treasure hunt. When the Allies reach Germany, they discover that it's a race against the Russians to find over 1,000 caches tucked away mainly in the southern part of the country. Whereas the Allies are working to return the recovered art to its rightful owners, the Russians-- who have suffered horrendously at the hands of the Nazis-- will keep everything they find as war reparations.I found this book to be fascinating on so many counts: the fact that people actually recognized the need to save their culture, the men and women of the MFAA who worked so hard under extreme circumstances (many of whom never spoke of what they did once the war was over), and yet more examples of Nazi rapaciousness. This is a topic that has importance today. Hundreds of thousands of works of art are still missing, and any online news source will provide recent stories of artwork stolen by the Nazis being uncovered. Edsel's book is fascinating reading for anyone interested in World War II or in art, and I fully intend to read more.
  • Bewertung: 4 von 5 Sternen
    4/5
    I really enjoy having "historical doors" opened. While I have read quite a bit of WWII history, this is an area I knew very little about. The author brings it all to life - mixing personal stories and reflections with historical fact. I saw the movie before reading the book but feel that both were well worth my time.