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The Soldiers Who Saved Europe's Art

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The story of a special Allied unit dubbed the "Monuments Men" has inspired a Hollywood film set to premier early next year. But who were these men who saved countless European cultural treasures from being lost or destroyed by Nazi forces?

It was May 17, 1945, not long after Nazi forces had surrendered, ending Word War II in Europe, when miners dug through the wall of rubble with picks and shovels in Altaussee, Austria. There was a 12-meter thick layer of debris blocking the entrance to the salt mine, and though no one knew what was inside, they all hoped they would find what they were looking for.

Corporal Lincoln Kirstein was the first to crawl through the opening. Inside, it was dark and eerily quiet. The entrance was covered in dust and debris, and an iron security door hung shattered on its hinges. Deep inside the earth, Kirstein finally found what he had sought for so long: Europe's cultural legacy. The wooden crates were coated with a thick layer of dust, but otherwise undamaged.

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Always good to see that there are readers of SPIEGEL around the world. Even if Stefan Aust (editorial head and also writer of the must-read book The Baader Meinhof Complex) was fired in 2008, it´s still one of the most trustworthily magazins here.

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That's a great story and the movie looks like it's going to be good.

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Always good to see that there are readers of SPIEGEL around the world. Even if Stefan Aust (editorial head and also writer of the must-read book The Baader Meinhof Complex) was fired in 2008, it´s still one of the most trustworthily magazins here.

It is one of the most trustworthy magazines world wide--period.

And it is good that now it is also available in English.

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