The Monuments Men: Preserving Cultural Heritage During World War II

During World War II, a team of historians, museum professionals, scholars, architects, and archivists came together to protect European cultural sites from war damage. Known as the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section, the team spread out throughout Europe and the Pacific to ensure that sites of cultural significance would be preserved and protected for future generations. This work earned them the nickname the Monuments Men.


As the war progressed, their mission evolved to include locating, recovering, and reconstituting works of art that had been looted by Nazis. Through careful intelligence work, the Monuments Men uncovered thousands of stolen artworks across Germany and Austria hidden in salt mines, castles, and other hidden bunkers. Their service prevented the destruction of some of the world’s most famous artworks including Jan Van Eyck’s “Ghent Altarpiece,” Johannes Vermeer’s “The Astronomer,” and Michelangelo’s “Madonna and Child.”


In this History Talk, learn more about the commitment, accomplishments, and sacrifices of the Monuments Men. Understand how their determination and dedication to duty protected and secured European and Japanese culture history and heritage during World War II.


Register for the VIRTUAL History Talk on Oct. 2 at 12 p.m. ET

October 2, 2024 @ 12:00
12:00 pm — 12:45 pm (45′)

Virtual (Zoom)