The Rape of Europa

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Release Date: December 17, 2007 (limited)

On DVD/VOD: April 12, 2011

1h 57m | Documentary

The epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War.

In a journey through seven countries, the film takes the audience into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For 12 long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But young art professionals as well as ordinary heroes, from truck drivers to department store clerks, fought back with an extraordinary effort to safeguard, rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden and stolen treasures.

The film begins and ends with the story of artist Gustav Klimt's famed Gold Portrait, stolen from Viennese Jews in 1938 and now the most expensive painting ever sold.

Today, more than 60 years later, the legacy of this tragic history continues to play out as families of looted collectors recover major works of art, conservators repair battle damage, and nations fight over the fate of ill-gotten spoils of war.

Director: Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham, Richard Berge
Studio: Menemsha Films
Producer(s): Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham, Richard Berge
Cast: Joan Allen
Writer(s): Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham
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