August 11th, 2009 | 2:16 pm
I am very excited to announce the launch of our new website as we prepare for the release of my new book entitled The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. This site has been designed to provide visitors with an overview of the Monuments Men story and a sense of the excitement and heroism they experienced during their efforts to save the greatest and most beloved works of art and other cultural treasures from the destruction of World War II and from theft by Hitler and the Nazis. It also provides an insight into just how big this story is becoming with links to our speaking engagement site and related activities. We’ve included a fantastic one minute and a half promotional video about the book which shares the excitement of this unknown and hugely important story about World War II.
As a compliment to the incredible letters and documents included in my new book, this website provides visitors with many additional letters and documents from the Monuments Men and women, many never before seen since they were written in 1944 and 1945, oftentimes during combat. Also included are additional authentic copies of Nazi documents and letters including orders issued by Hitler and Goering. We have added a great collection of photos as well.
A complete list of all the 350 or so Monuments Men from 13 nations is included with those biographies we have assembled and photos of each man and women where we have them. This is an important part of our ongoing story: to gather and make publicly available a complete summary with photo of each of these heroes of civilization. It is just one example of how the public can play a key role and make a significant difference by helping us write the final chapter of this story.
We have provided a number of links to related parts of this story and components that might be of further interest, such as Rescuing Da Vinci, a photographic telling of the Monuments Men story, Nancy Yeide’s recently released book about the collection of Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering entitled Beyond the Dreams of Avarice: The Hermann Goering Collection, and the 9 hour, 3 disc The Rape of Europa: Collector’s Edition. We also have details on The Greatest Theft in History Educational Program. These are all unique and important resources to further the telling of this amazing story which we hope you will visit and share with others.
Today also marks my resumption of blog entries after quite a hiatus due to work on finishing the writing of The Monuments Men book. OUR BLOG NOW ALLOWS FOR READERS TO PROVIDE THEIR COMMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS, OR TO SHARE SOME CONNECTION THEY HAVE TO THIS GREAT STORY. We want to hear from you often. The blog has been incorporated into our new web design to make it easy to read and participate in this story and all the events that continue to unfold each day, especially as we march towards the launch of the new book. We have created a Facebook Fan page for those that follow Facebook with a prominent link to make it easy to participate….and Twitter for those that are connected to this new and rapidly unfolding medium. New entries and content from me, every day, and lots of photos as I travel and continue with research for my next book!
So please visit and motor your way around. We’re excited to present to you this historic and currently unfolding story using all the modern tools of communication available to us!!! And don’t forget…we want your participation and involvement so please share your comments and reactions with us.