• The Rape of Europa (2006)

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Release Date: September 14th, 2007

DVD Release Date: September 30th, 2008

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary
In addition to being some of the worst war criminals in history, Hitler and the Nazi regime were also among the most prolific art thieves. During World War II, the Third Reich ordered the destruction of thousands of pieces of art from "inferior" cultures and the theft of thousands more. This documentary explores the effects of the cultural destruction perpetrated by the Nazis across Europe, and examines the ongoing struggle to recover and return the stolen art.

Director: Richard Berge , Nicole Newnham , Bonni Cohen

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Actual Films

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  • A startling documentary. show more

  • This gripping documentary sheds light on the frightening totality of Hitler's vision for a Germanic Europe, and the extent to which he and his Nazi thugs were no better than common thieves. show more

  • Throughout the film its makers pose the question of whether saving a work of art is as important as saving a human life. The question is not answered, and perhaps ultimately unanswerable. Yet Europa movingly shows how for many, art and artifacts are living things. show more

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