The Rape of Europa

The Rape of Europa

Director: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham
Cast: Joan Allen


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The Rape of Europa

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
UPC: 0718122355419
Original Release: 2007
Rating: NR
Source: Menemsha Films
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 4,356

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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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The Rape of Europa 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
sergevansteenkiste More than 1 year ago
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.
YankeeDoodleDandy More than 1 year ago
Fantastic documentary!! Extremely informative and interesting.
StJoane More than 1 year ago
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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