The Rape of Europa

The Rape of Europa

DVD - 2008
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Imagine the world without our masterpieces. Interviews with eyewitnesses and historians and newsreel footage show how heroic Europeans, Russians, and Americans worked to save the art of Europe during World War II.
Publisher: [Venice, CA] : Menemsha Films, [2008], c2007
Branch Call Number: 364.16 AV DVD RAP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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eggertson
Jul 24, 2017

A fascinating view of the "other" side of Adolf Hitler.

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biny
Jul 24, 2017

Museums' collection stories in World War II.
"All of this accumulated beauty had been stolen by the most murderous thieves that ever existed on the surface of the Earth. How they could retain the nicety of appreciation of great art, and be exterminating millions of people nearby in concentration camps, I couldn't understand then , and I can't understand it today."
"It wasn't just about the beauty of the art, but that the return gave the Italians a sense of victory, the victory of beauty over horror, over disaster. We had won."

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Dragoslava
Feb 11, 2017

Truly an excellent documentary and a wonderful learning experience about the destruction during WWII - not just the loss of art, but the damage and destruction of so many historical buildings in Europe and Russia.

An excellent documentary. The extent and energy invested by Hitler and his Nazis to plunder and amass Europe's most valuable masterpieces was incredible. Ironically, the depravity of their minds stands in stark contrast to the beautiful humanity captured within these magnificent artworks which they so desired.

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biblioQ
Jul 13, 2015

Includes the story of Adele Blochbaur, who successfully won a legal battle to reclaim the portrait of her aunt Adele, painted by Gustav Klimt, which inspired the movie, Woman in Gold.

jpozenel Aug 09, 2014

Excellent documentary that fills in the story of "The Monument Men", where the movie with that same name came up short. Great narration by Joan Allen throughout.

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Old_Toto
Jun 23, 2014

Old_Toto enjoyed this documentary over the movie "Monuments Men" because it carefully developed time, place, characters, and mission. The MM movie lost Old_Toto early on attempting to keep up with the scattering and rejoining of actors and the seeming cross purposes of some missions. "Least we do not forget...", the documentary clearly demonstrates that we should always conduct due diligence before voting so that we never elect thugs and their gang to high office (Nazi Party). We should never preemptively strike other nations. We should leave (or return) art that doesn't belong to us to the care of its rightful owners. (Old_Toto want to know: "How are we, as a nation, doing on these points?") We should be grateful to the Europeans for the incredible physical effort and resources that they invested in attempting to save world-class art and architecture. The heroic woman, Rose Antonia Maria Valland, became the ultimate "Monument Man". What a clever, gutsy lady that Old_Toto did not know about until watching this documentary. See the movie based on her post war memoir titled "The Train". It is a thriller!

aaa5756 Apr 28, 2012

A++ All the way….A must have DVD in all Libraries - worth the long library wait and WORTH the cost of owing!
I would recommend this movie for all to see.

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PTMartin
Feb 11, 2012

This film game me a greater understanding of the scope of the devastation that Nazi Germany thrust upon Europe and Eastern Asia. I find it much easier to grasp the concept of the tens of millions of people dead within the framework of the art and culture destroyed, stolen and lost. 60 years after the war, works are still being found and are still surfacing from private collectors. I wish we had the 3 disc set!

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Vivica
Feb 17, 2011

Although it is well known that art was stolen by (mostly) Germans during WW2, this subject has never really been covered or explored in any depth...until now. Very, very interesting.

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