The Rape of Europa

DVD - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Rape of Europa
Imagine the world without our masterpieces. Interviews with eyewitnesses and historians and newsreel footage show how during World War II the Nazis systematically took or destroyed the art of Europe. It follows the heroic Europeans who first hid, and then set out to find and return what had been taken, with the help of the Allied forces "Monuments Men". It is work that continues to this day.

Publisher: [Venice, CA] : Menemsha Films, [2008]
Branch Call Number: DVD 709.409 R
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Oct 11, 2014
  • hammer59 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Tragic true story of an evil attempt by the self serving Nazi vermin to rob owners and the collective humanity of beautiful artwork.

This documentary wont appeal to the masses, but the thinking man will appreciate this. Gross injustice has been in existence forever, but it is inspiring that the Monuments men expended considerable effort to preserve and recover as many works as they did.

May Hitler burn in Hell.

Aug 09, 2014
  • jpozenel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent documentary that fills in the story of "The Monument Men", where the movie with that same name came up short. Great narration by Joan Allen throughout.

Jul 14, 2014
  • Missumuch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I watched this. This is sad. Very sad. If you have any Art in your blood at all then this feature will be hard to take. Out of all of it, there was a gentleman who described as having been railroaded to somewhere and he was one of the prisoners that had to open other peoples belongings from suitcases and such, and catalogue them for the Nazis. Only to begin to discover that he was looking inside suitcases of belongings from his own family, recognizing his own things. Mind you, he was the only member in his family to have survived at that point…all others had been gassed. He tried to save family photos like his mom and pop, wedding photos, etc. by stashing them in already emptied out suitcases and hiding them. But then he was shipped elsewhere again and wasn't allowed to take the things with him so he lost his belongings twice. I mean to live through this is un-imaginable. You have to see this for yourself.

Jun 23, 2014
  • Old_Toto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Old_Toto enjoyed this documentary over the movie "Monuments Men" because it carefully developed time, place, characters, and mission. The MM movie lost Old_Toto early on attempting to keep up with the scattering and rejoining of actors and the seeming cross purposes of some missions. "Least we do not forget...", the documentary clearly demonstrates that we should always conduct due diligence before voting so that we never elect thugs and their gang to high office (Nazi Party). We should never preemptively strike other nations. We should leave (or return) art that doesn't belong to us to the care of its rightful owners. (Old_Toto want to know: "How are we, as a nation, doing on these points?") We should be grateful to the Europeans for the incredible physical effort and resources that they invested in attempting to save world-class art and architecture. The heroic woman, Rose Antonia Maria Valland, became the ultimate "Monument Man". What a clever, gutsy lady that Old_Toto did not know about until watching this documentary. See the movie based on her post war memoir titled "The Train". It is a thriller!

Jun 23, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you are one of the 913 people at the NYPL who are on the waiting line to get a hold of 'The Monuments Men',.. you may enjoy seeing the documentary 'The Rape of Europa', as a well-made documentary 'prequel'. ...And there are only 20 people waiting to see 20 copies of it ! (6-20-14: 7 ; 6-22-14: 20)

Apr 28, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A++ All the way….A must have DVD in all Libraries - worth the long library wait and WORTH the cost of owing!
I would recommend this movie for all to see.

Feb 11, 2012
  • PTMartin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film game me a greater understanding of the scope of the devastation that Nazi Germany thrust upon Europe and Eastern Asia. I find it much easier to grasp the concept of the tens of millions of people dead within the framework of the art and culture destroyed, stolen and lost. 60 years after the war, works are still being found and are still surfacing from private collectors. I wish we had the 3 disc set!

Dec 09, 2011
  • GrandCru rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

interesting. perhaps too 'rah rah' for the u.s. military in the last half hour of the film. they weren't without fault though this is quickly glossed over. i'm sure there are many hidden treasures yet to be found in the u.s.a.

Feb 17, 2011
  • Vivica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Although it is well known that art was stolen by (mostly) Germans during WW2, this subject has never really been covered or explored in any depth...until now. Very, very interesting.

Nov 26, 2010
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Compelling and powerful; the film sheds light on an overlooked aspect of World War Two


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