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Walter Farmer with the bust of Nefertiti

Monuments Men – Protection of artworks during wartime

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 […]

Rose Valland – art spy at the Jeu de Paume

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 […]

Walter Farmer with the bust of Nefertiti

Captain Walter Farmer – Wiesbaden’s First CCP-Director

More than 70 years ago,  on a hot early summer of 1945 , a young soldier from Ohio came to Frankfurt – unaware that he  soon will play a significant role for the German art treasures, but already with the honorable aim […]

No lessons learned from the Monuments Men?

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 […]

Monuments Men honoured

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBxbdNuSyBY?rel=0&showinfo=0]

The “Painted Queen” Visiting Wiesbaden

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. […]

Protection of Cultural Heritage in the 21st century

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 […]

Rescued Art – Contemporaries about the Monuments Men

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, […]

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