Documentary Screening: "Hunting Hitler's Stolen Treasures: The Monuments Men"
Thursday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. (free admission)
Block Museum, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston Campus, Northwestern University
The Northwestern University Library and Block Cinema present a short documentary film and panel discussion about an unlikely World War II band of brothers: the academics, historians, and architects who were called to the front lines of the bloodiest war in history to rescue centuries' worth of priceless artwork and cultural artifacts from Nazi-occupied Europe. Their story was made into a feature film released earlier this year, based on the book by Robert Edsel, and directed by George Clooney. In contrast, this October Films and National Geographic documentary utilizes extensive archival sources and photographs, journal and letter excerpts, along with personal accounts from surviving family members, to shed further light on this remarkable story.
Following the screening, art scholar and curator Anne Rorimer--who is also the daughter of James Rorimer, one of the actual "monuments men"--will speak as part of a panel, along with Jason Nargis, Manuscript Librarian in Northwestern University Library's Special Collections and Archives, and Howard Trienens, attorney and author of Landscape with Smokestacks: The Case of the Allegedly Plundered Degas (Northwestern University Press, 2000). Lisa Graziose Corrin, the Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum of Art, will moderate the discussion.
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