TIL that when nazis invaded Greece, the staff of the Archaeological Museum in Athens buried all statues and artifacts in concrete fortified trenches stretching from the basement. The nazis found an empty museum. No one gave away the secret.

TIL that when nazis invaded Greece, the staff of the Archaeological Museum in Athens buried all statues and artifacts in concrete fortified trenches stretching from the basement. The nazis found an empty museum. No one gave away the secret.


My favorite such example is how [George de Hevesy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_de_Hevesy) hid the nobel prizes of Max von Laue and James Franck: > Prior to the onset of World War II, [Max von Laue](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_von_Laue) and [James Franck](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Franck) had sent their gold Nobel Prizes to Denmark to keep them from being confiscated by the Nazis. After the Nazi invasion of Denmark this placed them in danger; it was illegal at the time to send gold out of Germany, and were it discovered that Laue and Franck had done so, they could have faced prosecution. To prevent this, de Hevesy concealed the medals by dissolving them with [aqua regia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqua_regia) and placed the resulting solution on a shelf in his laboratory at the Niels Bohr Institute. After the war, he returned to find the solution undisturbed and precipitated the gold out of the acid. The Nobel Society then recast the Nobel Prizes using the original gold.


As I read this I imagined Jesse in Breaking Bad just yelling “YEAH, SCIENCE!”




Yeah except he never actually says that in the show. Ever. FACTS, BITCH!




Just rewatched this episode yesterday lol that old dude at the scrap yard is the unsung hero of BB


He will always be Mr Heckles from Friends to me.


Yes! I couldn't for the life of me work out who he was.


I could have bird.


I'm Chandlers new roomate


I also just got to this one on my rewatch. The show is so excellently paced and full of great moments I am constantly like "Oh shit it's this episode!".




He doesn't, but he does say "YEAH BITCH, MAGNETS!"


Fuckin magnets, how do they work?




So… are they the same Nobel prizes?


Well now you're into philosophy. Sort of an opposite Ship of Theseus, problem. If you're not familiar with the Ship of Theseus problem, it asks if you replace each part of a ship piece by piece until none of the original parts remain, is it still the same ship? So, similarly, if you disassemble a ship and put it back together, is it the same ship? I don't think there is an easy answer.


I think there is an easy answer, and it’s yes. Because taking something apart and then putting it back together again doesn’t change anything about the object it doesn’t add or take anything away it’s still all the original components. If I smashed my watch and it was in a pile of parts in my hand it would still be my watch, I wouldn’t refer to it as my minute hand and my second hand and my hour hand, I’d still refer to it as the collective my watch even though it’s in pieces. And then when I put it back together again then it’s still my watch. The only change is where the pieces are in relation to each other


Of course [there's a relevant XKCD](https://xkcd.com/659/)


That’s a beautiful one actually


I love it


However, in this case the atoms themselves are in a completely new arrangement. If you simply put something back together, things go back to where they started. Re-forging creates an entirely new configuration even if the exact same mold is used. And, by this method, some gold will be left in solution, and other impurities will be introduced.


Not really. Recovering gold from chloroauric acid is literally used to refine gold to higher purity.


So it’s basically even more original than the original


The original was a knock-off of what it would later become.


The internet says the Nobel prizes back then were made of 23K gold, so it could technically be made more pure. They probably added new material back in when they recast the medals though for what was lost in the recovery process from the acid and the last 4.2% of material that wasn't gold, otherwise the medals would've been smaller.


Does the same logic work with something as unique as the Mona Lisa, or the statue of David? If you dissolved them and somehow put them back together as they were, are they still the magnificent works of art we currently see them as? No chemical change has happened but they've been through a significant physical change.


Nobel Prizes are relatively-fungible compared to the Mona Lisa, which is a truly unique piece of art that was created by one person a long time ago. Re-casting a medallion using the same gold isn't a big deal in comparison.


This discussion will have more practical value when we perfect matter transporters.


Isn't that what a shovel and bucket are?


Yes, but they're far from perfect.


Yes, because it’s still the exact same object with all the original parts and no changes to its actual composition or the way it looks or it’s materials


I've thought about this for a long time, and I think there's only one solution: there's no such thing as the "ship of Theseus." There wasn't when it was new, and there wasn't after it was repaired. That's not to say there isn't an object that Theseus sails around in, but "ship" and "that belongs to Theseus" are just labels we apply arbitrarily. Similarly, there's no such thing as "Max von Laue and James Franck's Nobel prize." If, in 1920, you held the lump of gold that would one day be used to cast that very medal, was it the same Nobel prize, then? Everything is like that when you think about it long enough.


I like this, thanks. Now I can start thinking about it for a long time :)


I do enjoy the cultural differences with this one. For example, Japan's holiest shrine is said to be 1,300 years old and they actually have proof it is that old. However, they have torn down and rebuilt the shrine every 20 years and they continue to say it is the same shrine. So physically that shrine may not be the same, but the *idea* of the shrine has been the same for that entire span of time. And that's the beauty of trying to answer philosophical questions like these, because I actually think the Japanese (and other cultures) found a solution to it a very long time ago. This can apply to both the ship of Theseus and the melted/recast Nobel prizes: Physically they may have evolved, but the idea of them has remained the same the whole time.


That’s a good solution when it comes to property, but what about people? When a five year old grows up and matures, we don’t stop calling him or her the same name. But it’s quite possible for a plurality or even all of the atoms and molecules in their body to have been “swapped out” over the years. What makes “Bob” still “Bob” after a couple of decades?


The essence of consciousness is an unsolved philosophical question. Most people would even agree that they're not exactly the same person they used to be, not just physicall but also in mind and spirit. Physically we know our body is replaced all the time. The only thing really keeping you the "same" is your DNA. But essentially you're correct that it's never really the same anyway, it's just the living embodiment of a printer printing out the same sheet over and over again. It's the same body being printed over the course of your lifetime, and then you die when that reprint mechanism eventually fails either through old age or a myriad other biological limitations. Mentally however is another question. Your mind is governed by electrical impulses in your nervous system as far as we know. We really don't know the details of how consciousness works, or why for example, head injuries can turn you into a completely different person, yet in other cases a person remains the same despite a large portion of the brain being removed. Are we even the same consciousness on a day to day basis, or is our software just rebooted every time we wake up? Like that's one of the crazy things to me. We aren't even sure if consciousness is actually persistent or not. So you may be an entirely new person every day and not even realize it because you retain the memories of your past and just go about your day based on that knowledge.


My high school chemistry teacher started off his "Alchemy" lesson with this story, and demonstrating the precipitated gold experiment before our eyes. It was super cool.


"In order for something to be gained, something of equal value must be given. That's the law of equivalent exchange."


Aqua regia = royal water? I might be off the mark there though.


Yes. Named by alchemists because it dissolves noble metals like gold.


I leveled it up in Tirisfal Glades.


Great zone pre-cata. Absolutely adore the vibes, especially at the Agamand Hills


Pretty similar post-cata, Brill has all the charm of Goldshire without the weirdos


So did I, when undead was actually worthwhile, for rogues anyways...👌


Undead is great for arena, humans might be a little better against other rogues thanks to perception but as games get longer because of higher resilience and HP (people will have 11k-12k hp next season) the value of wotf will go up


That's interesting, thank you! I'm glad I got it right and also learned something :)


Also, if you drink it and you’re not royal, you die.


Aqua Vitae, the water of life, uisce beatha, whisky Now that's what you want to drink.


Same if you *are* royal.


Also dissolves weird fleshy passageways in ancient Prussian castles.


That's right. It is a mix of nitric and hydrochloric acids. It is called aqua Regia because it can dissolve gold and platinum. So a solution of it could be full of gold. Very royal indeed.


So it dissolves gold like salt in seawater? No wonder the Nazi's had no idea what they were looking at. How do you get the gold back out of it though? I can't imagine it's as simple as winning salt from seawater, like just letting it evaporate.


You can precipitate it out using something like sodium metabisulfite, a common cleaner for brewing equipment. About 1 ounce per ounce of dissolved gold. ...Do that outside though, I'd imagine the smell would be horrendous, due to the sulfur component.


What do you mean by precipitate? I know the term that refers to rainfall, snow and such but I'm not sure what the term means in the context of acid gold reclamation.


It just means that the gold comes out of solution as a solid. You're correct by thinking in terms of rain, because if you add sodium metabisulfite to the solution, it'll look like it's "raining" gold dust in the vessel.


Oh, okay. So my takeaway here is: you need to add sodium metabisulfite to the aqua regia in a 1:1 ratio of sodium metabisulfite to dissolved gold, after which the gold will sink to the bottom and come out as clumps of pure gold?


Yup, you've got it exactly correct. Another neat one is adding copper metal to silver nitrate. Silver metal crystals will "grow" on the copper metal as it precipitates out. Although that reaction is completely different than the gold/Aqua Regia one.


Thank you for being my educator for the evening! I'm not expecting to use this knowledge very often, but it's always fun to learn more :)


Found a good video that shows the process. https://youtu.be/VhulWR5lZpY


Ooh, that's neat, I've never actually seen the reaction done before.


[Here's](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNMkR-opWvI) another video from the recommended playlist that shows an incremental process that simplifies the process with less waste and an easier time recovering the gold by using only as much nitric acid as is required to actually dissolve the gold.


The other guy stole my thunder but he is right. I will add one additional thing to take away from this discussion . If you look up "pure sodium" it looks like a shiny silver metal. When it reacts to make a salt like sodium chloride (table salt) it becomes very easy to dissolve in water. Same as with magnesium or potassium. They are shiny metals until they become salts which then dissolve in water. The reason gold is special is because it does not readily form salts. It stays in the shiny metallic form which is why it is valuable (it won't rust or change) . Aqua Regia is amazing because it has just the right properties to make gold form a salt, Gold Chloride, which then dissolves in water.


It's basically a chemist's version of goldschlager, but with extra zing.


Yes and no. First of all, cinnamon schnapps has zing. Second of all the gold in aqua Regia is dissolved like salt in salt water. It wouldn't be glittery at all.


Yeah, it was named as such since it was the first acid people used that could reliably dissolve gold.


That's pretty interesting, thanks!


No, you're correct.


I love SMBC’s take on this https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2011-05-29




It's a great comic, and the extra red button panel brings it to a new level.


Anders als die Andern (1919, Eng: Different From the Others) is the oldest surviving film (well mostly surviving) to show homosexuality in a sympathetic light. In 1920 the film was banned from public showings and only doctors or lawyers could view it. The Nazis later burned almost every copy of the film. The film only survived because one of the writers cut up a print and hid it inside of a different movie that was being sent to a film archive in Russia.


That’s a good solution


Wouldn't it be easier to bury them?


From [here](https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/about/the-nobel-medals-and-the-medal-for-the-prize-in-economic-sciences/): > To quote George de Hevesy (Adventures in Radioisotope Research, Vol. 1, p. 27, Pergamon, New York, 1962), who talks about von Laue’s medal: “I suggested that we should bury the medal, but Bohr did not like this idea as the medal might be unearthed. I decided to dissolve it. While the invading forces marched in the streets of Copenhagen, I was busy dissolving Laue’s and also James Franck’s medals. After the war, the gold was recovered and the Nobel Foundation generously presented Laue and Frank with new Nobel medals.”


Being scientists, I bet they just thought that made them cooler.


The work of museum curators and staff during WWII was incredible. The entire collection of the Louvre was packed up and moved into hiding in a matter of days.


Truly impressive when you consider the size of that museum, and how much art they probably store but don’t showcase to the public


I think the Smithsonian shows less than 10% of their items at a time.


The Smithsonian only shows 1% of their collection at any given time. Fun Fact: Most of the collection was moved to Luray, VA to avoid the possible destruction if the Axis powers attacked DC. They also aided the Monuments Men in searching for and protecting artwork and artifacts.


How much of their collection do they even hold themselves? Don't they always have stuff out on loan to other museums too?


Not sure. I know they do tours.


Curating exhibits takes a lot of work. It seems like it'd be easy enough to display but what about the descriptions, and is the exhibit cohesive?


They actually just removed the name plates and people thought it was regular furniture


"Huh, what a bizarrely decorated house? Anyway..."


I just went down that rabbit hole! So fascinating and inspiring to read about. The foresight and planning of those curators makes them absolute global heroes. The Wikipedia overview: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evacuation_of_the_Louvre_museum_art_collection_during_World_War_II


It helped quite a lot that the German in charge of stealing the artworks wasn't a Nazi and was sympathetic to the arts so he helped keep them hidden. It worked up until 1942 when he was found out and dismissed (surprised he wasn't killed tbh), but by then the artworks had been long hidden


There is a massive cavern complex called Llechwedd in Gwynedd, Wales, where British art treasures were taken in 1941 and stored until 1946. Apparently Hitler had spies in the area searching for the caves and artwork. One cavern is so big that Westminster Abbey would comfortably fit inside and others have whole buildings inside. The lorries streamed there from all over the country, disguised with Cadbury and other livery. When they arrived at the caverns, there was only a half inch clearance beneath the rooves of some of the tunnels to get to the storage areas. The air in the caves was so dry that the paintings etc. left in far better condition than when they arrived. The monthly cost for keeping the art there, including security, was £4000. We [visited Llechwedd last year](https://llechwedd.co.uk/) with a very knowledgeable tour guide called Brian who, despite his advancing years, had the mesmerising agility of a mountain goat.


Brian sounds lovely. Also, fascinating stuff!


Smart move, cause Goering and co would have looted the entire thing for the Nazi museums and their private collections.


Goering would've sold the Mona Lisa for a balloon of heroin


One of my favorite historical facts is how [The Louvre was evacuated in the days leading up to the German invasion of Paris. ](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evacuation_of_the_Louvre_museum_art_collection_during_World_War_II) Under the guise of “repairs”, the staff transported 1862 art pieces in ~~unmarked~~ (edit: they were marked with symbols signifying their importance! thanks u/bocaj78) crates in 203 trucks. The pieces were transported from chateau to chateau through the duration of Paris’s German occupation, and none (as far as I’m aware) were ever discovered by Nazis.


According to Wikipedia they were marked using symbols to signify importance (colored circles)


Thanks! Forgot about that detail :)


And later on with the tacit protection of the very German guy in charge of stealing the works, who hated the Nazis and loved art. Worked until 1942 when he got sacked. He was rewarded with the Legion d’Honneur after the war, on the suggestion of the curator of the Louvre. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_von_Wolff-Metternich


Fun fact, the word curator stems for the word that means guardian.


Hey, this is a fun fact. Thank you!


This is straight out of an Indiana Jones movie.


Speaking of, does anyone know the plot yet of the new Indiana Jones?


when nazis invaded Greece, the staff of the Archaeological Museum in Athens buried all statues and artifacts in concrete fortified trenches stretching from the basement. The nazis found an empty museum. No one gave away the secret.


Put the in spoilers tags dude, I haven't even watched them yet !!!


Indiana jones twist..... He is the relic!!!!


He belongs in a museum


Shakes.. why did it have to be shakes.. - Harrison Ford trying to lift a gun




He isn't really from Indiana. That bummed me out sooooo much. We never get shit.


They named the dog Indiana


He liked that dog.


Yeah and he wasn't from Indiana either


We got roads that they'll eventually have to make stronger tires for


Rudy is set in Indiana


Originality I like it


Lead lined basements* For when the nuke drops.


Yes. There is an ancient magical artifact that everyone believes to be mythical. However, a well-funded group of avaricious men is aiming to misuse it for evil ends. Indy, along with a hot but intelligent lady friend, needs to find it and keep it out of their hands. He'll claim it's for a museum, but literally nothing he finds ever ends up in one.


Also, Indy does not believe in the mystical power of the artifact, despite having all sorts of experience dealing with such things.


*"All those 'legends' are a load of crap"* -the man who has literally seen both holy ghosts and aliens


He made a point of literally not seeing holy ghosts, though. This is why his face isn't melted.


He did see an 800 year old man, though, and a cup that instantly healed a bullet wound.


Do you want a screen writing job?


Yes please


But where are the aliens?


He gets up 5 times in the night to pee.


The nuclear bomb couldn’t take him out, but a 5mm hunk of oxalate in his ureter has him down for the count. Till Ox can get him some cranberry juice and morphine.


Indiana Jones breaks his hip after falling out of bed, it’s a really sad drama


*The rest of the movie is a single location shoot, where Indie is stuck on the floor surrounded by his collection of urine and feces bottles he was saving for a museum.* He reaches for his Life Alert button, but remembers it was spying on him in his sleep, so he wrapped it in foil and threw it in the closet. Outside he can hear people whispering about him. The only hope now is the Jitterbug that is on the nightstand, but pushing through the intense pain to grab it makes Indy pass out several times. The warm stickiness of blood starts spreading from his abdomen. He finally gets a hold of the Jitterbug, but is flabbergasted at the strange arrangement of buttons and flashing lights on the device. Indy yells as loud as his feeble lungs will allow. Suddenly a commotion erupts from the other room, he is horrified at the monstrosity that stomps through the hall, heading in his direction. The trusty whip that served him so well over the decades is nowhere to be found. Indy's fear is palpable as a blinding light beams overhead, highlighting the silhouette in the doorway. Another feeble shriek comes from the emaciated throat of Indiana Jones as a woman in a nurses uniform appears. He realizes he's still in bed, someone must have captured him. A gentle but frightening voice seems to go on for hours as a terrified Indie is jostled around. The blood disappears and is replaced by warm dry sheets and the uncomfortable pressure of a catheter. The frightening garbled voice mutters something as a beeping sound comes from the IV machine, sending waves of comfort throughout his body. Indiana Jones drifts off to sleep, pleased with another successful adventure. *Credits Roll* **Post Credits Scene** *Indie is shown snoozing away in his nursing home bed, a single cough bursts from his lips and the screen goes black, foreshadowing the final film in the franchise.*


Indiana dies at the beginning of the movie, but his corpse goes on a Weekend at Bernie's style adventure before he is mummified and entombed in a secret location on Mars.


With or without Jones?


*This belongs in an American Museum!*


There's actually a fantastic novel - ['The Secret of Santa Vittoria,'](https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Santa-Vittoria-Novel-ebook/dp/B00EGJE41C) about an Italian village who bands together to hide 3 million bottles of wine from the Nazis. They're famous for their wine, and it's their entire livelihood, so they build a false wall in an old Etruscan ruin and hide the wine behind it. It can be a bit hard to find, but it's one of my all-time favorites. I'm finding myself now wondering whether the author knew about this Greek museum and based his novel on it. It's very close to the story, both thematically, and in the detail of hiding something right under the Nazis' noses, inside existing structures.


Or a Greek myth.


"It belongs *under* a museum!!"


The Dutch museum hid 'The Night Watch' in a similar way in bunkers in the dunes. However, the germans were completely aware, went to take pictures with the rolled up canvas. It was convenient to have it safely away from the city as well...


Similar thing happened in France. The original film reel for “Night at the Museum” was stored in a secret compartment in the sanitation staff’s workroom.


I had no idea Ben Stiller was so old.


Nonsense! [Sam Vimes](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Watch_(Discworld\) ) and his men/women/etc would've had no problem facing the Germans head on!


All the little angels rise up, rise up. All the little angels rise up high! How do they rise up, rise up, rise up? How do they rise up, rise up high? They rise heads up, heads up, heads up, they rise heads up, heads up high! This is repeated with hands, arms, knees, and finally arse up. Terry Pratchett


GNU Terry Pratchett :) As a dutchie its always weird to see that book in my closet, I'm like "what inspired what now?" 😉




GNU is a discworld reference. In the book Going Postal, a character dies and their name is passed along an in-universe message transmission system. "GNU" basically means for whoever is on the operator end to pass along the message, not to log it in the records and then, if the message reach the last operator, to send it back so that it loops in the system. By doing the so, the dead character is forever remembered as long as the message lives. As a way to remember Terry Pratchett, we use GNU Terry Pratchett.


GNU Sir Terry Pratchett


GNU Sir Terry Pratchett


I want to know what happened to the museum staff when the Nazis finally arrived, though.


Yeah they probably had a bad time


"Hey, where's all the art?" "Yeah, some other fascists were already here the other day, took everything. We told them you were coming but what could we do? Sorry!"


"Welcome to our uhh, *modern* art museum. It's empty because the real art is actually inside of all of us."


They had the foresight to arrange dishes and garbage around the room


The real art was the friends we made along the way


"Maybe if you didn't drop out of art school you'd understand"


"The museum *is* the exhibit. Where else in the world and when could you ever experience an entire museum entirely empty?! The answer, my dear Nazis, is here - and now. Please don't forget to stop by the gift shop. We've stocked it to the brim with empty boxes, jars, and any sort of objects that could be empty."


When Napoleon invaded Malta the altar rails were made of solid gold. The Maltese hid them by simply painting them black. The French did not realise they were made of gold and left them in place where they still are today.


wtf dude you just gave away the secret


I knew the Nazis were back for a reason.


After WW2, the Republic of China (now aka Taiwan) fled with hundreds of thousands of artifacts and treasures from the Chinese Communist Party's army. The Chinese argue that it is a theft of national treasures, while the Taiwanese say that they protected them from destruction in the Cultural Revolution. In any case, the are now on display to the public at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan.


You're in Russia and more than a million works of art Are whisked out to the woods When the Nazis find the whole place dark They'll think God's left the museum for good


Came here for this. I always wanted to know if this song referred to a specific event? In any case, it never fails to give me the chills when I hear that verse. ​ The song is "Scared" by The Tragically Hip, for anyone wondering.


"No one gave away the secret". So they were killd then?


Reminds me a bit of the Tragically Hip song ‘Scared’. “You're in Russia and more than a million works of art Are whisked out to the woods When the Nazis find the whole place dark They'll think God's left the museum for good”


In 1687 the Venetian army bombed the Partenone and ingniting the Ottoman ammo depot inside the building, making it collapse for 3/4...


Fucking venetians never let greece have some peace


If it wasnt for the Venetians, it would be curtains for all of us.


Take it. Funny fucker.


Would you mind explaining it for me? I'm having a slow day


>!Venetian blinds!<


They are making a joke about Venetian blinds, which are an alternative window-covering to curtains


Venetian blinds


Alas, I knew my ignorance of interior design would eventually be my downfall


This comment made me blind.


Will never forgive em for 1204


On top of that, the Venetians only held the Acropilis for 8 months. Considering that at that time the Parthenon/Acropolis was just about 2000 years old, only holding it for 8 months after destroying it was such a waste of history.


For 3/4 what? Also, what is the partenone?


The Parthenon in Athens, and 3/4 of it collapsed


They say of the acropolis, where the Parthenon is....


Where the Parthenon iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssssss


♪♪ They Say of the acropolis, where the parthenon is ♪♪


♪♪ What do they say? ^What ^do ^they ^say? ♪♪


They say of the Acropolis where the Parthenon is that there are no straight lines 😭😭😭


What do they say, what do they say?!


It’s when Panettone bread is dyed with Pantone colors.


The Ottomans had had something like that happen previously.


I’ve been learning a lot about the Antikythera Mechanism recently, which was salvaged from an Ancient Greek ship wreck in 1901, and currently resides in the museum at Athens, so I’m assuming that there’s a high probability that it was also hidden. We’ve learned a ton about it in the past couple of decades due to computerized imaging of the internal parts, and it’s tragic to think that there was a possibility of it being plundered or destroyed by fucking nazis. Good job to whoever hid these artifacts. To those who’ve never heard of it - the Antikythera Mechanism is a 2000+ year old mechanical computer consisting of dozens of finely cut gears and other ingenious mechanisms for calculating the positions of the sun, moon, and planets, as well as a mechanical calendar. The gear ratios indicate a complex understanding of astronomy and are basically equations in metal form. The workmanship indicates that this was not a one-off device, but rather the only surviving evidence of an ancient tradition of engineering excellence in the ancient world. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism


You should look up clickspring on yt. Super cool content about the antikythera.


Bad idea. Unless you want to go down a machining and clockmaking rabbit hole and sell your house and family and spend the rest of eternity machining parts to make cool clocks with blue pieces in them.


That's the guy/team making a replica using authentic period tools, right? Watched a video a while back, absolutely fascinating.


I like to think that a bunch of drunk old Greeks were like "eh, these things were buried for 3000 years, what's another few." If this sounds derogatory please know I am a drunk younger Greek and hold drunk old Greeks in high esteem.


It would be an excellent start of a movie.


Took 6 months to do, beginning to end. They finished 10 days before the first Nazis set foot in the country. Genius thinking.


Damn catburglars, always conveniently getting to all this art and gold before the nazis could take it by force. Weird how these so skilled burglars that have never been seen heard, or left a trace haven't started stealing stuff till now though.


Omg I read "buried" as "burned" and almost lost my mind.


If you can burn it in concrete. Then, uh, you do what you want. I'm not messing with that.


A team of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the [Monuments Men](https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-monuments-men-180949569/) risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the theft and also the destruction of tens of thousands of pieces of art across Europe by the Nazis. Several were killed in the process. I find the selflessness, altruism and sacrifice of the men involved, who saved the art of countries that were not their own, extremely humbling. *"Without the [Monuments Men], a lot of the most important treasures of European culture would be lost."* Art scholar, Lynn H. Nicholas, who spent a decade researching her 1995 book, 'The Rape of Europa', which led to further interest and culminated in the movie, 'The Monuments Men', based upon Robert Edsel’s 2009 book of the same name.


Reminds me of the story of the first Spinosaurus skeleton that was destroyed because the archeologist that discovered it was *enough* of a Nazi. They found the skeleton and put it on display in Berlin during the war. The archeologist who found it wanted the skeleton to be moved in case Allied forces broke through and bombed the city. The museum owners said that there was no way they would lose the war so they weren’t going to move it for that reason. The museum was later bomber by British forces and the specimen was lost.


Unfortunately after the war the rest of europe came and took them away instead


Had been done before the war.


After the brits took their share and the turks blew up the Parthenon they had to come up with a plan...


[Don't forget the Christians!](https://youtu.be/aGitmYl6U90?t=97)


You're in Russia and more than a million works of art Are whisked out to the woods When the Nazis find the whole place dark They'll think God's left the museum for good ​ Scared - by The Tragically Hip


No one could keep that a secret nowadays.


Greece is its history


Wow, nice effort all.