Monuments Men were a group of 345 or so men and women from thirteen nations who
comprised the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section during World War II.
Many were museum directors, curators, art historians and educators. Together
they worked to protect monuments and other cultural treasures from the
destruction of World War II. In the last year of the war, they tracked,
located, and ultimately returned more than 5 million artistic and cultural
items stolen by Hitler and the Nazis. Their role in preserving cultural
treasures was without precedent.
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