As „art historians in uniform“, the so-called Monuments Men were concerned with the protection of cultural objects during the Second World War. Starting point of this military unit was a civilian initiative to protect the cultural heritage of the art institutions and universities of the US East Coast. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, […]

Rose Valland was the perfect spy. Her innocence was the best camouflage. When the Germans occupied Paris and the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) moved into his bag-shop in the building of Jeu de Paume, she was already there. The art historian had previously worked for French museums and was familiar with the public and private […]

At the workshop „Protection of historical cultural values in wartime – Second World War to Syria“ I recently met Isber Sabrine (Chair of „Heritage for Peace“), Prof. Paul Harris (Auburn University, Alabama), PD. Dr. Uwe Hunger (FoKos Siegen) und Sascha Krannich (Uni Münster). A fascinating workshop with many interesting conversations – a lot of inspirations and thought I […]

Harry Ettlinger was honored as one of the art experts turned military officers from the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archive section (MFA & A), known as „Monuments Men“. [youtube]

World famous artworks in the province – how the German small town Wiesbaden became a storage facility for art treasures after World War II The end of World War II meant a turning point for the field of visual arts. The much-discussed „zero hour“ required a reconstruction of the infrastructure of the German museum landscape: […]

Interview with Marilyne Mingou, expert in the Rule of Law in wartime (Belgium) During World War II a military art protection organization, the Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives section was founded to protect European cultural heritage from the destruction or looting caused by war, the so called „Monuments Men“. After the war their ideas and […]

The most of what we know today about the Monuments Men comes from their own biographies as well as from the source material from the American archives. Although they were certainly very present in the German museums during the occupation, they were not worth mentioning.for the contemporary German press. When the press was still under […]