The Rape of Europa


Film Info

Country USA
Language English
Year of Release 2006
Running Time 117 minutes


Director Richard Berge
Director Nicole Newnham
Director Bonni Cohen
Producer Richard Berge
Producer Nicole Newnham
Producer Bonni Cohen
Writer Richard Berge
Writer Nicole Newnham
Writer Bonni Cohen
Co-Producer Robert Edsel


Narrator Joan Allen
Based on The Rape of Europa by Lynn H. Nicholas



The Rape of Europa is an epic journey through seven countries, into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For twelve long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But heroic young art historians and curators from America and across Europe fought back with a miraculous campaign to rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden and stolen treasures.

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LA Times Critic's Pick 'The Rape of Europa' on DVD

Discover the incredible true story of The Monuments Men in The Rape of Europa, named Critic's Pick of the Week by Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan! He says:

"If George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" did nothing else, it made possible the theatrical re-release of "The Rape of Europa," a splendid documentary that shows the true story behind the Nazi theft of European art and interviews some of the real-life Monuments Men who got it back. The film is packed with information and also tells a series of wonderful truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tales. "The Rape of Europa" even details the postwar fights about who owns which paintings that culminated in the sale of Gustav Klimt's gold portrait for a record $135 million. This documentary paints a picture that is vivid and timely."

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The San Francisco Examiner

“The Rape of Europa"...explores particularly fresh terrain — the Nazis’ calculated destruction and plundering of Europe’s art treasures. Covering everything from lost and found masterworks to ongoing recovery efforts to art-related military strategies, the film provides both a substantial art-history lesson and a stimulating look at why art matters.

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Wall Street Journal

"Probably the greatest treasure hunt in history. A big, big story. I was amazed how few people knew about it anymore," says Robert Edsel

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Catholic Herald

"Deane Keller was one of the unsung heroes of World War II."

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Official Selection
Full Frame Documentary Festival

Official Selection
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