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The Venus Fixers

Friday, July 09, 2010

Journalist and translator Ilaria Dagnini Brey discusses the commitment to protect Italy’s cultural heritage from destruction during World War II. In The Venus Fixers: The Remarkable Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy’s Art During World War II she recounts the work of the monuments officers appointed by Allied Forces to ensure that the great masterworks of European art and architecture were not looted, lost, or destroyed in the bombing raids in Italy.

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Comments [2]

dboy from nyc

The curious thing is the lasting scars in Palermo. There are many areas that continue to have untouched ruins left over from WW II. Another chilling reminder from the time are the machine gun pill boxes that appear along the roads of the south and Sicilia.

Jul. 09 2010 01:20 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn

It would be interesting to compare the US or allied approach to art and antiquities in Italy (or France or Germany) during World War 2 with that of the US in Iraq, where some of the earliest artifacts of human civilization have been completely annihilated or looted.

Jul. 09 2010 01:17 PM

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