Statement by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland: On the Occasion of the Presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to the Monuments Men

How many American soldiers returned to native soil with art treasures procured whilst in Europe?

The bloody mess known as World War II ended.

A few soldiers wrapped up a few trophies and ferried them home.

Laws of armed conflict set the international standard.

The dead are not to be stripped of their jewelry.

If such a small item as a wedding ring is denied as booty of war the same applies to art treasures.

The Kehlsteinhaus?

Plenty of trophies were available for the taking.

But Americans also contributed to the preservation of civilizational treasure and culture:

The Monuments Men


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