Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art lauds ties to real Monuments Men

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art employed several people portrayed in the new movie, "The Monuments Men," which tells how they worked to save art threatened during World War II.

Under orders from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, men and women in the Monuments Men program saved more than 1,000 years of culture from the Nazis and others.

The Kansas City Star reports six of the more than 300 Monuments Men either worked for the Nelson-Atkins Museum or had strong ties to the museum. After the war, they helped the museum amass one of the major Asian art collections in the world.

The museum is also creating a display of manuscripts, newspaper clippings and other objects of its Monuments Men.

"The Monuments Men" movie opens Feb. 7.


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