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The Monuments Men

monuments men“Even at the moment he knelt before his mother’s grave on his second day as ruler of Austria, Nazi SS troops under the command of Heinrich Himmler were using those laws to arrest the Jewish patriarchy of Vienna and seize their property for the Reich.  The SS knew where the artwork was hidden; they had a list of everything.  Years earlier, German art scholars had begun visiting the countries of Europe, secretly preparing inventories so that when Hitler conquered each country – oh yes, he had been preparing for conquest even then – his agents would know the name and location of every important object of artistic and cultural value.”