During the time period of World War II, a huge number of antiquities, works of art, and figures from European history were stolen by the Nazis. Not only these antiques were worth a million dollars but they were also historically significant. That is why some brave men gathered up some courage and took back the millions worth of such significant pieces to give them back to life. These men are now known as Monuments men and are regarded by everyone.
Who were Monuments men?
Basically, the idea of Monuments men was a joint effort of some people including engineers, history specialists, professors, museum caretakers, etc. In short, these were the people who had no direct involvement in war but still, they took stand for restoring their culture and history and seized back what truly belonged to their nation.
The stories of their bravery are now popular all over the world, in fact, a movie named Monuments men was also released in order to give them credit and let everyone know about their efforts.
Story of monuments men
The destruction caused by the Nazis during World War II is not hidden from anyone. Among bomb blast, mass murder, and other chaos, they stole thousands of valuable pieces of art and history. While all of this was going on, there were some men who were appointed for the security of museums and other historical places so that they may stop the stealing of their significant relics. This group was later named as Monuments men.
The Monuments Men were not prepared fighters but they gave their best for securing their land’s artwork. Two of them even had to lose their lives while performing this crucial task. But all the others were fine and successful in their mission at the end of the war. Probably their greatest achievement was keeping the Mona Lisa artwork from falling into Nazi hands by guiding it at various places.
Monuments men performed their task so bravely and efficiently that everyone still gets goosebumps while listening to the stories. One of them was an expert in German so she used to listen to the Nazi plans and tell everyone in the group about what to do next. They used to take back the artwork and hide it in a tunnel. The temperature conditions in the mines were somewhere in the range of 40 and 47 degrees Fahrenheit, making them the ideal conditions for hiding and storing those valuable relics. When the situation got comparatively better, they moved all these pieces to museums and other historical places of their own counties and put them where they actually belonged.
A story of success
The reason these Monuments men and their story is so famous is that not only shows courage and bravery but it also shows how important it was for those people to preserve the history of their country. Those old works of art and other relics were important for the nation so they didn’t let anyone have them. This shows that a nation which values their history and stays connected to their roots goes out of the way to protect it at all cost is the nation which progresses in the world.