As devastation was visited on Europe during World War II, some 345 men and women from 13 nations — museum directors, curators, art historians, artists, architects and educators — followed the combat to rescue, preserve and protect Europe’s artwork. The Monuments Men recovered more than five million artistic and cultural treasures.
Now, the National World War II Museum’s Five Star Tours, based in New Orleans, is offering the opportunity to retrace their footsteps. In September, Robert Edsel, author of “The Monuments Men” (Center Street), will lead a group of about 30 on a 10-day adventure through Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
Included in the $14,995-a-person price are luxury accommodations and meals, from Paris to Munich. Other stops include Maastricht, Salzburg, and Würzburg. Highlights include walking the beaches of Normandy, France, visiting the Louvre and Church of Notre Dame in Paris, and a stop at the salt mines of Altaussee in Austria, where the Nazis hid stolen treasures.
“We travel the world admiring its beauty and artwork but take for granted how these treasures survived the greatest war and greatest theft in history,” says Edsel. “Anyone who loves a heroic story, one that’s not very well-known,” says Edsel, “will value this trip.”
WHERE Monuments Men tour of Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands
WHEN Sept. 16-25
INFO 877-813-3329 ext. 257,