The Rape of Europa is a documentary that takes the audience on a journey back to Nazi Germany. Strangely enough, Adolph Hitler loved and appreciated art. He was actually able to paint, although his talents as an artist was considered mediocre. At one point his application to art school was rejected, and some historians believe that, possibly, this changed the entire course of history. When Hitler traveled to Italy years later, and saw so much of its magnificent artwork, he returned to Germany with a mission to establish Germany as the major art center in Europe. It was going to be called the Fuhrer Museum. The leader of the Third Reich swept through seven countries and plundered their museums. Hitler stole thousands of artwork throughout Europe. In Paris the Louvre packed up all of its artwork and hid it all away in the outlaying countryside. Can you imagine the Louvre, which is an 8 mile long museum, completely emptied? Neither can I, but see the photo below.
Every single painting was taken out of their frame, carefully packed up and placed in crates. People worked around the clock to get all of the artwork out of the Louvre before Hitler’s army entered France. Below is a photo of the Winged Victory stature being pulled down a flight of stairs in the Louvre to get it out.
The Winged Victory statue is over 10 feet tall. Every statue in the entire Louvre was also removed and put into hiding.
Hitler ordered his army to not only kill the people in the countries he invaded, but he also had them plunder the country’s artwork and brought to Germany for the museum that he was planning to build.
Hitler seemed to have a particular hatred towards Jews, so he began his reign of terror by focusing mostly on Jewish people. Make no mistake though, Hitler also hated Africans, Slavic people, Gypsies and a whole host of other groups of people. His plan was to rid the entire world every group of people that he considered inferior. He blazed through Europe decimating entire towns. Along with Jews, several millions Christians also died in the Holocaust. As Nazi Germany invaded European countries they seized all belongings from the homes of Jews and stockpiled them. the photo above is a room filled with Torah’s that were confiscated during the plundering.
Many historic buildings were razed on command by Hitler and lost to humanity forever. Thousands of artwork that Hitler was able to steal were secretly stored away until for safe keeping until he could build his museum. His army walked in the museums and helped themselves to all of the artwork.
After Nazi Germany lost, Hitler killed himself and the war was over, there was the huge task of trying to find out where all the stolen art from all over Europe was hidden. Does the castle in the below photo look familiar to you?
This is Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria where thousands of artwork, stolen by Nazi Germany, was stored.
Thousands more were also found in an underground tunnel. I was spellbound as I was watching this documentary. It is a very moving and fascinating documentary, and I learned things about the horrors of WWII that I never knew before.
To this day, there are still thousands of priceless stolen artwork that has not turned up yet.
You can learn more about The Rape of Europa documentary film by clicking HERE. You can also stream it on Netflix or Amazon.