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A Louisiana Parlor:…

Sep 5 - Oct 11, 2015
This exhibition is in celebration of the acquisition of a superb Rococo Revival… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Sep 5 - Oct 4, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Sep 5 - Oct 4, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

Legendary Musicians…

Sep 5 - Dec 27, 2015
Join us at the Carver Theater for a Music Tribute honoring Legendary Musicians… more

Longue Vue House and…

Sep 5 - Oct 11, 2015
For the 10th Anniversary of the storm, Longue Vue will commemorate the revival… more

Louisiana Seafood…

Sep 5 - 6, 2015
From our waters to your plate, the Louisiana Seafood Festival is a celebration… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Sep 5 - 7, 2015
Ten Years Gone brings together six artists whose work engages with the broad… more

NOBA Hosts…

Sep 5 - 26, 2015
The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) in partnership with Chalmette… more

NOBA's tuition-free…

Sep 5 - 25, 2015
Beginning this weekend, the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance, along with other NOBA… more

Saturday Farmers…

Sep 5 - Dec 26, 2015
We are excited to announce the Saturday Farmers Market at the French Market!… more

Saturday's Auditions…

Sep 5 - 5, 2015
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is holding mandatory auditions at the Peoples… more

Southern Decadence…

Sep 5 - 7, 2015
Southern Decadence started  as a simple going-away party. As a top… more

The Foundation…

Sep 5 - Oct 30, 2015
Join us at the Foundation Gallery for  House: Group Exhibition with Andrew… more

The Historic New…

Sep 05, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane… more

The Irish House -…

Sep 5 - 5, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Crossing Canal. more

The Irish House…

Sep 5 - 5, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Traditional Irish Ceili Night. more

The Katrina Decade:…

Sep 05, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane… more

The Premiere of MFG:…

Sep 5 - 5, 2015
Join us for live entertainment  at the Maple Leaf Bar featuring The… more

The Sweat Social…

Sep 5 - Dec 20, 2015
Designed for wellness travelers visiting New Orleans, the Sweat Social offers… more

A Taste of the Opera

Sep 6 - 27, 2015
The New Orleans Association presents a weekly series featuring three opera… more

A Louisiana Parlor:…

Sep 5 - Oct 11, 2015
This exhibition is in celebration of the acquisition of a superb Rococo Revival… more

Meet the Author - Robert Edsel presents Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis

Thursday, May 30, 2013
5:00 pm reception, 6:00 pm presentation, 7:00 pm book signing
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at The National WWII Museum

When Hitler's armies occupied Italy in 1943, they also seized control of mankind's greatest cultural treasures. As they had done throughout Europe, the Nazis could now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire. On the eve of the Allied invasion, General Dwight Eisenhower empowered a new kind of soldier to protect these historic riches. In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes - artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt - embarked from Naples on the treasure hunt of a lifetime, tracking billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli.

With the German army retreating up the Italian peninsula, orders came from the highest levels of the Nazi government to transport truckloads of art north across the border into the Reich. Standing in the way was General Karl Wolff, a top-level Nazi officer. As German forces blew up the magnificent bridges of Florence, General Wolff commandeered the great collections of the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, later risking his life to negotiate a secret Nazi surrender with American spymaster Allen Dulles.

Saving Italy brings readers from Milan and the near destruction of The Last Supper to the inner sanctum of the Vatican and behind closed doors with the preeminent Allied and Axis leaders: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Churchill; Hitler, Göring, and Himmler.

Robert M. Edsel is the author of the non-fiction books, Rescuing Da Vinci and The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, as well as the forthcoming book Saving Italy, to be published in Spring 2013. He is the co-producer of the documentary film, The Rape of Europa, and Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. In January 2012 George Clooney announced he would write, direct and star in the film version of Mr. Edsel's book, The Monuments Men.

For more information please call 504-528-1944 x 412.