The Monuments Men: Hunting Hitler’s Stolen Treasures

Just days before George Clooney brings the drama and action of one of the greatest treasure hunts in history to life in the feature film “The Monuments Men,” NGC presents the true story of this unlikely World War II “band of brothers.”

June 1944. D-Day. The largest military operation of World War II is underway. One million allied men and women fight to liberate Europe’s conquered people. Just 345 men and women fight to save Europe’s soul and identity.

This is the true story of an unlikely group of heroes – a group of middle-aged scholars, academics, historians, and architects thrust into the frontline of the bloodiest war in history. Their mission? To prevent the annihilation of a thousand years of European art and culture.

We tell the story of their unique war – a battle fought on two fronts – against a totalitarian regime which sanctioned the unilateral destruction of historic buildings, manuscripts, and paintings; and the struggle against their own forces who in the greatest battle for freedom the world has ever seen, saw the destruction of Europe’s greatest monuments and art works as inevitable, unavoidable, and sometimes necessary casualties of war.

Making use of extensive archive sources, photographs, journals and letter extracts, this documentary will tell the personal stories of a select number of Monuments Men – bringing to life their struggle to rescue Europe’s art.

Beginning with Omaha beach in 1944 and ending in the desperate last days of the Soviet advance on Berlin in 1945 we chart the remarkable journey of an overlooked group of men and women who sought to save, recover, and return millions of irreplaceable pieces of art stolen by the Nazis during WWII.

A leading cast of contributors, including historians and relatives of these remarkable men, bring to life each character and identify the breakthrough moments in what became the greatest treasure hunt the world has ever known.

Tune in to Hunting Hitler’s Stolen Treasures: The Monuments Men tonight at 7P on National Geographic Channel.


  1. This Week at The Markets
    February 7, 2014, 4:18 am

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  2. sandra kesselman
    medford, MA
    February 8, 2014, 10:55 am

    Somehow I missed this program on the “Monuments Men”. Will it be repeated?

  3. quodlibet
    February 9, 2014, 3:43 pm

    I missed it—will it come back on? When?

  4. susan smith
    February 9, 2014, 4:07 pm

    The movie came out this week. NatGeo should be all over this. They should have collaborated with the movie makers and put a spot at the end of the credits that said, “if you want to know more about the real Momuments Men, see the special Hunting Hitlers…on Natgeo”. It would be the marketing hit of the year. Everyone would be talking about it. Very incompetent. Too bad. And now I can’t even find it on your schedule to see it again. You only ran the special once?

  5. Rafael Grenier
    Marion, Indiana
    February 9, 2014, 4:41 pm

    I missed and I would like to know when it airs on again on NG channel 276 Directv.

  6. Ann
    February 9, 2014, 11:42 pm

    When will this air again. It was awesome and I would like to watch it again. Thank you for making such a great documentary. I was not even aware of this part of WWII.

  7. Mary
    Myrtle Beach SC USA
    February 13, 2014, 9:23 am

    When can I expect to see this again?

  8. PK
    February 13, 2014, 1:08 pm

    PLease let me know when this will air again.

  9. Rafalovich
    February 15, 2014, 1:12 pm

    Don’t know why you can’t post a list of the dates, time and channels when this will re-air.

  10. KDK
    Knoxville, TN
    February 16, 2014, 11:25 am

    Please let me know when this will air again.


  11. karen
    February 27, 2014, 10:14 am

    When will this be on again?
    Never even saw an ad for it.
    Just saw the movie eant more info.
    Are there any US museums that have any of this art?
    Can I see any of it in Warsaw, Krakow, or Prague?

  12. Shirley
    March 16, 2014, 2:15 am

    Please can you advise when this documentary will be shown again? I too have only just seen the film and would like to see the true facts – Thanks

  13. Adrian
    Alexandria, VA
    July 1, 2014, 3:13 pm

    When will this be broadcast again? Compare to movie. Otherwise the movie, except names and other details showed conext of subject.

  14. emma
    August 14, 2014, 2:41 am

    mee too lol