⚔️War Movie Monday
The Monuments Men is a 2014 war film by George Clooney. It’s loosely based on the non-fiction book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel. It follows an Allied group from the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program that is given the task of finding and saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before Nazis destroy or steal them. The film is based on real events, but some adjustments were made for drama, as well as the characters names. Clooney stated, “80 percent of the story is still completely true and accurate, and almost all of the scenes happened.”
During WW2, a large amount of European art treasures taken by the Germans had been stored in the Altaussee salt mine near the town of Bad Aussee. In 1945 a British Special Operations Executive mission, codenamed Bonzos, was responsible for saving the looted art stored in Austrian salt mines. About 300 men had been parachuted into the Aussee area, armed with captured German weapons, and spent the final months of the war harassing local German forces. When the Americans arrived, the information helped them capture several Germans. They had captured the salt mine, prevented the destruction of the artworks held there, and were able to hand over "a number of Nazi treasure hoards, including a good copy of the Mona Lisa and the Austrian Imperial Crown Jewels".
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