The Monuments Men
Robert M. Edsel (born 1956) is an American writer, entrepreneur, and founder of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. The mission of this American foundation is to honour the “Monuments Men”, or those who participating in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives programme in order to protect art and culture during and after World War II. Edsel has been intensively engaged in the topic of Nazi art theft and wrote the non-fiction books Rescuing Da Vinci and The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.
The story revolves around six Monuments Men and their impossible mission: to save the world’s greatest works of art from the Nazis. Edsel has focussed his attention on the period between D-Day (6 June, 1944, when the Allied forces landed in Normandy) and Victory in Europe Day (8 May, 1945, the end of World War II in Europe). In the last two weeks of the war, all six Monuments Men had the same destination: a village in the Alps, near the German-Austrian-Italian border. There, the Nazis were storing their cache of treasure.
The book Rescuing Da Vinci indicates that Neumelans Manor, located in Campo Tures (Sand in Taufers), and its gatehouse served at the end of World War II as a hiding place for works of art stolen by German troops. Donatello’s Saint George and Michelangelo's Bacchus were among the works stored inside the gatehouse.
Title: The Monuments Men
Author: Robert M. Edsel
Publisher: Arrow Books (03.06.2010)