Here is the OFFICIAL MOVIE DESCRIPTION:
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by Franklin D Roosevelt with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.
It would be an impossible mission with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys, seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1, possibly hope to succeed? The Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture. They would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements."
Now, for the THE REAL STORY of Nazi Looted Art.
Under Kaiser Wilhelm II during World War I, the highly cultured Germans go to great lengths to protect and preserve artworks located in enemy territory or near a zone of combat. The German word to describe this principal of saving Europe's cultural and artistic treasures during wartime is "Kunstschutz" (art protection).
Kaiser Wilhelm tried to avert the war which was forced upon Germany. Even while winning the war, the Kaiser held out an olive branch to the Allies, while his soldiers protected artworks belonging to enemy nations.
The art is returned after the war.
ART PROTECTION DURING WORLD WAR I
At the end of World War I, rescued artworks are returned voluntarily. Unlike World War II, anti-German propaganda actually fades away following World War I. As a result, Germany is later praised for "Kunstschutz" art protection) during "The Great War".
ART PROTECTION DURING WORLD WAR II
A talented painter himself, Adolf Hitler had a great appreciation for art and culture. He sees Churchill and FDR as uncultured barbarians with merciless disregard for innocent life, architecture, and works of art. As the Germans under Kaiser Wilhelm II had done during World War I, Hitler also ordered the protection of artworks throughout the combat theatres of Western and Eastern Europe.
The task of protecting the art of Europe is handed over to Air Force Marshal Hermann Goring. As Allied terror bombing ravaged Europe, thousands of paintings and sculptures from Italy, France, Belgium, Russia, Romania, and Poland are gathered and meticulously inventoried by the Germans.
This process began in the fall of 1943. Had the Germans wanted to "loot" the art of Europe, they could easily have done so in 1940, 1941, 1942, and the first 9 months of 1943. It was only after Allied carpet bombardment was unleashed upon Italy (later on France), and the Soviets began advancing from the East, that the Germans began gathering up the artwork.
HITLER SAVED ROME
Hitler respected ancient Rome as one of the cultural pillars of Europe. As the Americans and British approached Rome from the South, Hitler ordered his troops to evacuate. Knowing that an Allied air and ground attack would destroy many of its cultural icons, The “Eternal City” is left open for the Allies to march in uncontested. Hitler’s decision to leave Rome as an undefended "Open City" saves the great city from ruin. Athens and Florence are also declared Open Cities.
SPEAKING OF "LOOTED ART'!
Irony of irony! Barbaric American looting of Europe includes the taking of personal possessions, livestock, women, and works of art. In the East, it’s not even necessary to speak about the wholesale looting and ghastly gang raping carried out by the Red Army.
Again in 2003, the U.S. occupiers of Iraq deliberately stood down as barbarians and professional thieves looted the priceless cultural treasures of that unfortunate nation. Much of the stuff the Allies stole has never been returned. During the Iraq war, U.S. surrogates systematically looted the ancient treasures of the Baghdad Museum.
WHO INVENTED THE 'NAZI LOOTING' STORY?
After the war, the American Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU) of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) issues 13 reports on the German plundering of art. By the way, this is the same OSS whose other “findings” accuse the Germans of using the bodies of dead Jews to make “shrunken heads”, “lamp shades” and “bars of soap” - allegations which are today universally acknowledged to have been false.
The "Cloak & Dagger" Logo of the OSS says it all! The OSS is the forerunner to the CIA. The Agency whose stated purpose involved strategic deception and propaganda crafted the "looted art" lie. The mass murderer President Eisenhower also helped to sell the post war lie that won't die.
In the months, years, and decades following the war, endlessly repeated propaganda movies like Monuments Men have elevated the OSS-CIA fable of “looted Nazi art” into a virtual reality in the minds of the brainwashed public. However, as is the case with so many other elements of the “official story" of World War II, this too is a lie.