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Brookdale WWII Event: Saving History (sort of)


 The Story of the Monuments Men

Jack Needle, Historian and Professor Emeritus, Brookdale

The Monuments Men were comprised of civilians from thirteen nations, most of whom were volunteers with expertise as museum directors, curators, art scholars and educators, artists, architects, and archivists. Their job was simple: save as much of the culture of Europe as they could during World War II.  They not only had the vision to understand the grave threat to the great artistic achievements of European civilization, but the courage to join the front lines and do something about that threat.

As Hitler was attempting to conquer the western world, his armies were pillaging the finest art in Europe. The Monuments Men had a mandate from President Roosevelt and the support of General Eisenhower, but no vehicles, gasoline, typewriters were authorized. In fact, they had no actual authority; just a race against time to save the as many cultural treasures as possible from destruction at the hands of Nazis.  Hear the story of these unlikely heroes whose courageous spirit and actions actually enabled the best of humanity to defeat the worst.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:30pm, Warner Student Life Center.  Fee: $12 adults, $5 students.

 To register for a program please call (732) 224-2315; to learn more email Paul Zigo, Director of the Center for World War II Studies, at

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