The Rape of Europa

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Overview

Adolf Hitler spent years struggling to establish himself as an artist before his political ambitions rose to the surface and he brought the Nazi Party to power in Germany, and documentary filmmakers Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham, and Bonni Cohen offer a unique perspective on how Hitler's aesthetic viewpoint may have affected his nation's actions during World War II. The Rape of Europa examines the artistic tastes of Hitler and his leading advisors, and how they looted many of the great museums and private art ...
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Overview

Adolf Hitler spent years struggling to establish himself as an artist before his political ambitions rose to the surface and he brought the Nazi Party to power in Germany, and documentary filmmakers Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham, and Bonni Cohen offer a unique perspective on how Hitler's aesthetic viewpoint may have affected his nation's actions during World War II. The Rape of Europa examines the artistic tastes of Hitler and his leading advisors, and how they looted many of the great museums and private art collections of Europe during the course of World War II in order to stock museums built during the Third Reich and benefit the collections of Germany's leaders. In addition, Axis forces actively participated in raids to destroy artwork and artifacts from nations and cultures Hitler regarded as "degenerate," serving as a curious parallel to "the Final Solution" that left six million dead. The film features rare newsreel footage and photographs documenting the Nazis' obsession with art; Joan Allen narrates.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • UPC: 718122355419
  • Original Release: 2007
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  • Source: Menemsha Films
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,723

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Allen Voice Only
Technical Credits
Richard Berge Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Bonni Cohen Director, Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Nicole Newnham Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Marco D'Ambrosio Score Composer
Robert M. Edsel Co-producer
James LeBrecht Sound/Sound Designer
Josh Peterson Editor
Jon Shenk Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Rape of Europa
1. Greatest Thieves [7:36]
2. New Fascist Art [9:45]
3. Purchase and Plunder [7:49]
4. Cracow [10:20]
5. Total Chaos [13:52]
6. Furniture Operation [6:20]
7. State Hermitage Museum [5:56]
8. War [:01]
9. Monuments Men [12:26]
10. Violated [9:25]
11. Final weeks [8:51]
12. Restoration [10:28]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Rape of Europa
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Ultimate Triumph of Beauty over Brutality

    The documentary "The Rape of Europa" clearly shows the genesis of the Nazi plunder of private and public art collections in occupied Europe during WWII as well as the partial recovery and (slow) restitution of these pieces of art to their legitimate owners since the end of WWII. The exhibition "Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker" that was held in New York in 2009 bore testimony to the tribulations that some legitimate owners of the pieces of art have to go through to recover what is theirs sometimes decades after the end of WWII! In summary, the documentary under review has the distinctive merit to cover a topic that was grossly underreported for decades.

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    Fantastic documentary!! Extremely informative and interesting.

    Fantastic documentary!! Extremely informative and interesting.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Recommend

    Bought this DVD for our son-in-law for on of his Christmas gifts. He found it interesting and very informative. Would recommend it to anyone interested in history and art.

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