The Rape of Europa

About the Author

Lynn H. Nicholas was born in New London, CT, and educated in the U.S., England, and Spain. The Rape of Europa, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, has been translated into eight languages. It inspired an international movement to locate and repatriate works of art and other property confiscated and stolen by individuals and governments before and during World War II. Ms. Nicholas was elected to the Légion d'Honneur by the government of France and was named an Amicus Poloniae by Poland. She has become widely known as a lecturer on the issues addressed in The Rape of Europa and Cruel World and has appeared as an expert witness in art-repatriation trials and before Congress.

The Rape of Europa

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Lynn H. Nicholas

The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War is the real story behind the major motion picture The Monuments Men. The cast of characters includes Hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall, not to mention works by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. And the story told in this superbly researched and suspenseful book is that of the Third Reich's war on European culture and the Allies' desperate effort to preserve it.


From the Nazi purges of "Degenerate Art" and Goering's shopping sprees in occupied Paris to the perilous journey of the Mona Lisa from Paris and the painstaking reclamation of the priceless treasures of liberated Italy, The Rape of Europa is a sweeping narrative of greed, philistinism, and heroism that combines superlative scholarship with a compelling drama.

  • Softcover
  • 512 pages
  • 8.1 x 5.2 inches
  • Published: 1995


Editorial Reviews

"At once fascinating and horrifying [with] a strong element of spine-chilling suspense." —Los Angeles Times

"Nicholas knows the art world as well as any military historian knows his battlefield.... Her work deserves the widest reading among those who call themselves civilized." —The New York Times Book Review

"Intriguing..suspenseful...a sensational story of moral courage and greatness of character in the face of pure evil." —Houston Chronicle

"Impressively detailed and well-told...full of moving and fateful stories of escape, intrigue, betrayal, and sacrifice." —San Francisco Chronicle

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