The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Thursday, April 3, 2014
McAlister Field House
General Admission: free and open to the public
VIP Tickets: $125

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5:30 p.m. VIP Cocktail reception with author Robert Edsel; tickets are $125. To purchase, please click here.

6:30 p.m. Free public lecture with audience Q&A

8:00 p.m. Book signing. Books will be available for purchase before the event as well.

Groups (especially students and veterans) are encouraged to participate.


All VIP ticket sales and individual donations will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $25,000 in support of the Fine Arts program at The Citadel.  To make a donation, please click here to visit The Citadel Foundation and designate the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Fine Art Fund.

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"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." -- George Clooney in The Monuments Men  


In The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, author Robert Edsel tells the incredible true story of the seven art historians, architects, sculptors, and museum curators who went behind enemy lines during World War II on a mission to recover some of the world's greatest works of art. As the Third Reich begins to topple, the German army receives explicit orders to destroy every work of art in their possession. Determined to prevent hundreds of years of culture from going up in flames, American president Franklin D. Roosevelt assembles an unlikely task force comprised entirely of art experts to enter Germany, recover the works of art, and ensure they are returned to their rightful owners. With little knowledge of modern weapons or warfare tactics, the squadron of unlikely heroes successfully makes their way into enemy territory to defeat Hitler's plot to destroy the cultural history of generations.


For more information on the Monuments Men, especially for educators who would like to incorporate this fascinating part of WWII history that still influences us today into their classrooms, please visit


To read more about local ties to Middleton Place and Monuments Man L. Bancel LaFarge, please click here.

Special Thanks to the Monuments Men Steering Committee:
Artie Richards, Chair
Jim Blakely
Morgan Cole
Terry Fox
Dorie Griggs
Leigh Jaimes
Shelley Keith
Susan McAdoo
Christina Mortti
Stacy Pearsall
Tiffany Silverman
Dianne Trumbull
Rebekah Unger
Amanda Weingarten


Robert Edsel headshot - Copy“​I would like to thank you again for helping bring Robert Edsel to the Getty. We had an overflow crowd  -- over 500 people attended. Everyone in attendance was rewarded with Robert’s presentation, which combined a great deal of information with his personal passion for the topic, all wrapped in his distinctive charm and humor. I organize a large number of programs at the Getty. Few of them manage to capture such audiences and keep attendees in their seats rapt with attention for the duration. Robert has a gift for reaching his audience, and we were delighted to be able to present him.” -- Peter Tokofsky, The Getty Museum


​“I’m writing to recommend Robert Edsel to you as one of the most engaging public speakers I’ve had the privilege to hear in recent memory. During Robert Edsel’s fascinating lecture, the audience was absolutely transfixed and then spontaneously rose to a standing ovation and loud applause at the conclusion. Certainly all present were engaged by the remarkable story of the Monuments Men and their actions, but as well by Edsel’s thoroughly dramatic presentation of this gripping story.” -- Jock Reynolds, The Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery