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It is a well know fact that the Nazis stole artwork, until I read this book I didn’t realize how big their haul was. Hitler also ordered the destruction of what he considered ‘degenerate’ works. I also didn’t know about a group of men and women dedicated to recovering the stolen artwork.
This book explains in great detail the scope of their work, which was much more than just recovering stolen paintings. They were tasked with helping to prevent destruction of cultural buildings, such as the great cathedrals and churches of Europe. The background of each man featured is explored, their qualifications for the task at hand and trials and triumphs experienced in the war zone.
They were in a race against time, they had to move quickly or thousands of years of culture would be destroyed. While not a thriller, you feel the urgency and experience their frustration when things seem to be moving like molasses in February and plans fall through. All in all another fascinating account of a little known military operation in WWII.