Robert Edsel: "Monuments Men for the Preservation of Art"
Webb University Center - North Cafeteria
President's Lecture Series; Jacobson/Wallenberg Humanitarian Speaker
Robert M. Edsel, author of "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History," the 2009 book that first focused attention on the brave actions of this small unit of fewer than 350 Allied soldiers. In addition to having written three books on the subject, Edsel is the founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, an organization dedicated to honoring the memory and accomplishments of the military volunteers - many of whom had expertise as museum directors, curators, art historians and educators. The Monuments Men remained in Europe for up to six years following the conclusion of fighting to oversee the complicated restitution of stolen works of art. During that time they played instrumental roles in rebuilding cultural life in the devastated countries of Europe by organizing temporary art exhibitions and musical concerts.
Edsel, Robert, "Robert Edsel: "Monuments Men for the Preservation of Art"" (2014). President's Lecture Series. 29.