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The Rape of Europa

Airs Friday, May 15 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: Lynn Nicholas

Above: Adolf Hitler presents Hermann Goering with The Falconer (1880), a painting by the 19th-century Austrian academic painter Hans Makart. (The Rape of Europa)

THE RAPE OF EUROPA relates how Europe’s art treasures survived the systematic theft and deliberate destruction perpetrated by Germany’s Third Reich during World War II. For 12 years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history, but heroic young art historians and curators from America and Europe fought to rescue and return millions of lost, hidden and stolen treasures. The legacy of this tragic time in history continues to play out today as families recover looted works of art and nations fight over the ill-gotten spoils of war. Joan Allen narrates. Watch the trailer and more video clips online.

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