Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Here is the real story of the "Monument Men". I want you to read this.

It's about a group of art historians and professors who were drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942, and told to do one thing: Save Italy's art treasures. The Allies were about to invade Fascist Italy, whose government had allowed the rich and powerful to seize much of the country's great artwork and move it into isolated castles, warehouses, or estates. Throughout Italy, too, there were thousands of churches, convents, abbeys, and ruins which would undoubtedly come under artillery fire and aerial bombardment no matter how careful the Allies were.

These treasures needed to be identified, and saved.

These treasures needed to be protected from looting. (Many starving Italians, unaware of their national treasures, might melt down silver or gold items just to obtain food.)

These treasures needed to be publicly turned over to the Italian people, whose national treasures they were. This would restore the people's faith in local government and church, help mute any guerrilla attacks on Allied troops, and show the Italian people that democracy was better than fascism.

It worked.



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What a great story, Huh?

It's being made into a movie by George Clooney.

George Clooney's movie is going to be about gun-fights and hand-to-hand combat and Matt Damon falling in love with some peasant girl whose tattered dress barely covers her heaving bosom.

It will suck.

But still, there is a great story behind it all...

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