There’s an important update to our previous blog, “The True Story of Monuments Men.” In the blog, I wrote about the real life heroes who worked tirelessly to restore and return to their rightful owners art stolen by the Nazis.
I mentioned the high-profile case of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of one of Hitler’s major art dealers. During a 2012 investigation over tax evasion, nearly 1,400 valuable pieces of art by Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and others were discovered in his Munich apartment.
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"You can wipe out a generation of people. You can burn their homes to the ground, and somehow they’ll still come back. But if you destroy their achievements and their history, then it’s like they never existed."
So said George Stout, conservator and museum director, who helped start the real-life Monuments Men upon which the movie by the same name is based. George Clooney stars in,
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