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The real "Monuments Men"

1 year ago February 04, 2014 Feb 4, 2014 Tuesday, February 04 2014 Tuesday, February 04, 2014 6:30:17 PM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON- From the silver screen to the real thing, honor is ahead for soldiers who recovered treasures from the Nazis during World War II.

Photos, maps and records from the corps of soldiers known as "Monuments Men" who protected European cultural sites and looted art are going on display in Washington. Its the first time in public for some of the items.

Matt Damon and George Clooney tell the story about "The Monuments Men" in a film that debuts on Friday.

Now, the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Archives of American Art and National Archives are opening their vaults to display records and items used in the mission to protect European culture.

The exhibit will also feature photos and documents showing the art the Nazis stole and recovered by the "Monuments Men."

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