Polish liaison officer Major Karol Estreicher, Monuments officer Lt. Frank Albright, and two American GIs admire Leonardo Da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine before its return to Cracow, Poland, 1946. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Museum presents documentary film “The Rape of Europa”
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art presents the feature documentary film "The Rape of Europa" Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the museum's Roger Hull Lecture Hall. The viewing is free and open to the public.
"The Rape of Europa" takes audiences on an epic journey through seven countries and into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed and warfare that threatened to destroy Europe's artistic and cultural patrimony. For 12 years, Nazis looted and destroyed priceless works of art, but in 1943 the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section of the Allied armies was established to help protect and rescue Europe's artistic treasures.
As the Allies battled across Europe and liberated Nazi-held territories in 1944 and 1945, a handful of MFAA officers were assigned to advise army commanders about the protection of cultural property. Many MFAA officers had been directors, curators, artists and art historians before enlisting in the military, and by the time the MFAA was decommissioned in 1951, they had discovered and repatriated nearly 5 million works of art. Joan Allen narrates this breathtaking chronicle.
The film is being shown as a prelude to Robert Edsel's lecture on the work of the MFAA and its officers on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall in the Mary Stuart Rogers Performing Arts Center at Willamette University.
To complement "The Rape of Europa" and Robert Edsel's lecture, the Historic Elsinore Theatre will present the film "The Train" on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. For further information, please call the Historic Elsinore Theatre at (503) 375-3574.