The Nazis Stole Thousands Of Artworks During WWII – But Then A Crack Team Decided To Take Them Back

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As the carnage of World War II rages across western Europe, another, quieter, crime is being committed. Across the continent, Hitler and his men are looting priceless artworks, hoarding them as centerpieces for a new museum. But as Germany’s power begins to wane, the paintings and sculptures are in danger of disappearing for good – until an unlikely band of heroes steps in.

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As a teenager in Austria, Adolf Hitler left his home in the city of Linz and traveled east to Vienna in the hopes of studying art. And even though the city’s prestigious Academy rejected his application on two separate occasions, the future Fuhrer’s passion for the artistic remained.

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Three decades later, Hitler led Germany into one of the bloodiest wars that the world has ever seen. But as the Nazi’s influence spread across western Europe, it wasn’t just a way of life that was under threat. Apparently, the Fuhrer also had his eye on the cultural heritage of the continent – and it seemed as if little could stand in his way.

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