The “Monuments Men”, were a group of approximately 345 men and women from thirteen nations who comprised the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives subcommission during World War II.



Many were museum directors, curators, art historians, artists, architects, 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 in the years that followed returned more than five million artistic and cultural items stolen by Hitler and the Nazis. Their role in preserving cultural treasures was without precedent.

For those names in blue, we have completed biographies, and in most instances have a photograph. However, our research continues on each of the other names for which we have varying degrees of information. In some instances, we have just a name. We appeal to the public for help in completing these biographies. Anyone with information, including photographs, should contact ehudson@monumentsmen.com.