The Monuments Men are 70 years old today

December 29, 2013 // Monuments Men, Uncategorized

Happy 70th to the Monuments Men! It was on this day in 1943 that General Eisenhower sent a letter to all commanders in the field instructing them to spare any monuments from destruction “so far as war allows.” This was a direct outgrowth of the formation in August of 1943 of the Roberts Commission, which was given the task of protecting and salvaging the the artistic and historic monuments of Europe. Eighteen months after this directive, the Monuments Men would find an enormous stash of stolen, looted, and hidden masterpieces in the Merkers mine. And so the work of restitution would begin…



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C.F. Yetmen is a writer and consultant specializing in architecture and design. She is co-author of The Owner’s Dilemma: Driving Success and Innovation in the Design and Construction Industry and a former publisher of Texas Architect magazine. The Roses Underneath is her first novel.