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LECTURES: ROBERT EDSEL

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Robert M. Edsel
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Lagniappe Lecture
Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Greatest Art Treasure Hunt and Rescue in History
by Robert M. Edsel

Robert M. Edsel is the author of The Monuments Men and Rescuing DaVinci and producer of the award-winning documentary The Rape of Europa. His lecture tells the true story of Nazi thieves and the unlikely Allied heroes who saved the world’s greatest works of art. Eight men and one woman — the most unlikely of spies — were in a race to save millions of the world's greatest artistic treasures, including works by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, from destruction by Nazi fanatics. Known as The Monuments Men, their preservation of artistic and cultural treasures was without precedent in scope, in drama, and in danger.

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