“The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History”
Robert M. Edsel, author of The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, will present this year's Harold Jantz Memorial Lecture at the AMAM.
Edsel's talk, about the looting of art by the Nazis and its restitution at the end of the Second World War, touches on the three themes of the Lectureship -- art, literature, and German history.
The Monuments Men, a group of American and British scholars and army officers—including Charles Parkhust, who was the AMAM's director from 1949-62—located and helped restitute many of Europe's art treasures following Nazi theft.
Edsel's book has been made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray, and will open in December. Edsel's Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art received the 2007 National Humanities Medal, the highest US honor for excellence in the humanities field. A book-signing will follow.
The Jantz Lectureship rotates among the AMAM, the OC Library, and the German department, honoring distinguished graduate and literary scholar Harold Jantz ’29
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