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July7, 2010

Vol. 110, No. 16

Saving art treasures

In response to: When art historians went to war

W. Barksdale Maynard ’88’s article (feature, June 2) was an interesting contribution to the ongoing saga of works of art lost and found as a result of World War II. The role of Princeton art experts as “Monuments Men” was especially gratifying.

It seemed strange to me that absolutely no mention was made of Lynn Nicholas, whose exhaustively researched 1994 book, The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War, first brought this story to a wide audience. This critically acclaimed nonfiction work was adapted for a documentary of the same name in 2006, which appeared on public television.

William T. Mann ’63
Arlington, Va.

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