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and an accomplished portrait painter. Hartt was an assistant at the Yale University Art Gallery and both of these men were dedicated to saving those valuable works of art located primarily in Italy. Saving Italy is a detailed history of the occupation by the German army in Italy and the subsequent campaign to drive the Germans out of Italy. On the German side of the effort to save the art was Gen. Karl Wolff, who was the supreme leader of all SS troops and police in Italy. Wolff was a persuasive personality and had worked under Himmler and knew both Hitler and Himmler on a personal basis. When Wolff realized that the German cause was hopeless, he set up meetings with then OSS (now CIA) Director, Allen Dulles. Those talks continued in an attempt to not only save the art, but to allow the German army in Italy to surrender, which went smoothly until the death of Roosevelt in the spring of 1945. The subsequent suicide of Adolph Hitler in late April 1945 made again possible the negotiations to surrender over the objections of several German die-hard generals and admirals. The only common attitude among the German hierarchy was to try to make peace with the Anglo-Americans and thereby avoid the coming wrath of the Soviets who were occupying Berlin and eastern Germany. This book is actually a very detailed discussion of the war in Italy during World War II from the landing at Sicily to the occupation of Italy by the Anglo-Americans. It includes the grizzly death of Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci when their bullet-ridden bodies were hung upside down in an Esso filling station in Milan. The book is complete with many photographs of the Italian art that was saved by the Italy Monuments Men and includes a section at the end of the book asking readers on behalf of The Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, entitled “Have you seen these works of art?” followed by pictures of still missing works of art that have never been recovered. It also names the Monuments Men and Women serving in the Mediterranean theatre and has an exhaustive footnote section of sources and a bibliography. If reliving the horrors of war interests you, particularly WWII, and you want to know the story of how many of the great works of Editor Robert R. Kracke Book Reviews art in Italy were saved and restored to their rightful owners, this is very interesting reading and is done well by Custom Suits & Shirts from the world’s finest luxury Italian and English fabrics Delivery In 21 Days Image Is Everyying Monday - Saturday: 10-7 P.M. Sunday: Closed Mr. Edsel, whose other books include not only The Monuments Men, but also one entitled Rescuing DaVinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art, America and Her Allies Recovered It. This book can be obtained at most book stores for the sum of $28.95. G 40% OFF READY-TO-WEAR SUITS WHEN YOU PRESENT THIS AD 205-901-3805 5 Points South (Front of Highland Grill) 2018 11th Ave. S. Birmngham, Al 35205 Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Fall 2014 17


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