Monuments Men and the American Restitution of Looted Books

March 23, 2017 located in the  Presidents’ Lounge presented by Dr. Kathy Peiss, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania. The Annual Francis X. Gerrity Lecture. When the U.S. Army uncovered millions of looted books in Germany at the end of the war, the majority stolen from Jews, it set in motion a chain of events leading to the largest book restitution in history.  Going beyond heroic tales, this talk explores the day-to-day operations, decisions, and conflicts arising in the restitution effort, to deepen our understanding of the Monuments Men’s achievement.