Academic journal article Making Connections

The Monuments Men

Academic journal article Making Connections

The Monuments Men

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"The 'Monuments Men' were a group of 345 or so men and women from thirteen nations...[in] the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives [program administered by the Civil Affairs and Military Government of the Allied forces] during World War II. Many were museum directors, cura- tors, art historians, and educators. Together they worked to protect monuments and other cultural treasures from the destruction of World War II. In the last year of the war, they tracked, located, and ultimately returned more than 5 million artistic and cultural items stolen by Hitler and the Nazis. Their role in preserving cultural treasures was without precedent." Monuments Men Founda- tion. monumentsmen/

To mute statues and paintings

The "Venus fixers" come

Those Monuments men

To the Cache of stained glass.

Under the naked gaze of these disciples,

The four horsemen

In Albrecht Dürer's Apocalypse

Could go on to conquer. …

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