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The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

During WWII Adolf Hitler had the treasures of the earth scooped up to become the property of his glorious Reichstag. Someone had to save the history, the paintings, the sculpture, the work of the masters. It was decided that a special unit would be created. We know them now as the Monuments men.

“The “Monuments Men”, were a group of approximately 345 men and women from thirteen nations who comprised the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives subcommission during World War II. Many were museum directors, curators, art historians, artists, architects, and educators. Together they worked to protect monuments and other cultural treasures from the destruction of World War II. In the last year of the war, they tracked, located, and in the years that followed returned more than five million artistic and cultural items stolen by Hitler and the Nazis. Their role in preserving cultural treasures was without precedent.”

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Hitler labeled works of art made in the modern styles of painting (from Impressionism and forward) as degenerate. These works were not to be kept but to be destroyed. He believed modern artists could not “see colors as they appear in nature, they could not see forms as they actually were, and that this was a sign of racial inferiority.”

Today, as monuments across the US are being taken down, vandalized, and ruined, by those who see through the eyes of Hitler, not history, not art, but an inferior people not worthy of remembering. They do this in the name of fighting hatred but show nothing but flashes of hatred of their own.

Of course the Confederacy lost the war and they fought on the wrong side of history in their support of slavery as a practice. Like always happens with the  left though I predict the law of unintended consequences will have more people learning about the men of the South than ever would have if the statues had been left alone. It is human nature to explore the taboo. The moment you tell someone not to do something, that’s the thing they want to do. They will create so many more racists by removing history than ever would organically been produced by American society.

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