Monuments Men: Watch George Clooney Save Art From the Nazis

August 9, 2013 | Kyle Chayka

As the Nazis spread war and mayhem throughout Europe, who was in charge of preserving countless amount of artworks and cultural relics at risk of destruction? That’s right. Nobody.

During Hitler’s ascent to power, the fuehrer and his army began stealing and subsequently hoarding many of the priceless fine art treasures Europe is so prevalently known for. In a new film directed by George Clooney and based on Robert M. Edsel’s book “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” an unlikely group of aging men are assembled by the United States with the task of taking back these works of art and placing them within the hands of their rightful owners. As Clooney says in the new Monuments Men trailer above…

If you destroy an entire generation of people’s culture, it’s as if they never existed. That’s what Hitler wants and it’s the one thing we can’t allow.