The Monuments Men Foundation Celebrates Five Years Honoring the Heroes

June 29th, 2012 | 12:13 pm

George Clooney, Robert Edsel, and Grant Heslov

This summer marks the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, an organization founded to preserve the historic legacy of the men and women who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section during World War II. The announcement of this organization took place on June 6, 2007, the 63rd anniversary of the D-Day landings, at the United States Senate on the occasion of Resolutions unanimously passed by both Houses of Congress that for the first time honored the service of these heroes of civilization: the Monuments Men. Four Monuments officers joined us for that special occasion and represented the other 345 officers of thirteen nations who served this great cause.

Since that time, the Foundation has been honored in numerous ways including its receipt of the National Humanities Medal, our nation’s highest honor for work in the humanities field, presented by the President of the United States during a ceremony at the White House.  The small staff of the Monuments Men Foundation has worked tirelessly to identify those who served as Monuments officers; facilitating the recovery and restitution of important cultural items; working with museums and collectors to help them continue historical research of items in their collections; creating an educational program to teach about the work of the Monuments Men; and sharing this story to help raise public awareness about their important contributions during World War II. The publishing of my two books on the Monuments Men – Rescuing Da Vinci, and The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History – have reached readers in more than eighteen languages.

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2 Responses to “The Monuments Men Foundation Celebrates Five Years Honoring the Heroes”

  1. joseph says:

    unlike what happened in iraq by the us military looting artefacts and priceless pieces of antiquities during the 2003 us war on iraq and later, these monuments men should always be remembered and glorified. they set a great example for every human being and proved by their brave actions that human culture and heritage should always be preserved as it belongs to humanity as a whole, regardless of ethnic , religious or cultural background. they proved that human interest is much more important than own interest.

  2. PQ says:

    Mark Sponenburgh, Seal Rock OR – one of the Monuments Men, has died this week: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

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