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The Rape of Europa2006

  • 4.5
THE RAPE OF EUROPA is an epic journey through seven countries, into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For twelve long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But heroic young art historians and curators from America and across Europe fought back with a miraculous campaign to rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden and stolen treasures.

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A monumental masterpiece of documentation of the art treasures looted during the Second World War. An art historians map of Europe's great works of art. The film proposes the remaining stolen art may some day be returned to the people or places where they were taken. This film gets my best rating.

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A monumental masterpiece of documentation of the art treasures looted during the Second World War. An art historians map of Europe's great works of art. The film proposes the remaining stolen art may some day be returned to the people or places where they were taken. This film gets my best rating.

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Really fascinating story. Amazing the degree of destruction that the 2nd WW brought and on the flip side all the energies devoted to saving art and architecture.

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Nazi hoarders.

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The larger picture, that of the massive and methodical grabbing so much of Europe's fine art, was thoroughly researched and well presented. I was fascinated by the little picture, the sorrow and joys of that little man, Adolf Hitler. I can buy the suggestion that the mediocre budding artist felt he was denied his future, not by better artists, but by Jews. How curious it was to learn that Hitler visited the museums of conquered peoples, as though to see if their art was any good, and if so, appropriate it. It might have helped him to better about himself. How tragic that his twisted mind and his political skills killed so many because he had not been granted the recognition he deserved. It is frightening too, to look closely at aspiring politicians these days, people who care not about their brother, but only themselves, their need for power, their thirst for glory and recognition.

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Very interesting history of the art thefts during WWII. Amazing that this art is still being found today!

I found this to be very interesting, basically a documentary on all the stealing and repatriation of fine art during the Nazi period. Starts with Adolph in art school and never looks back. Well worth your time.

Very well done.

Very detailed and comprehensive account of methodical plan to annihilate the people and everything that was associated with them.

the sack and pillage of art in WW2,by Nazis,and then Soviets, is fully realized decades after the conflict. Add in the fact that in the past 3 years, a giant trove of "degenerate art" was discovered by investigators in Germany,and it makes the case even more stronger to return art and culture that has been plundered .

Truth.