Hitler knew this as well as anyone. During the rise of the Third Reich and the Second World War, the Nazis confiscated over a fifth of all the artwork in Europe. It was a cultural conquest to match the military conquests of Hitlers stormtroopers. The massive heist became the focal point of Lynn H. Nicholas decorated book, The Rape of Europa. The book chronicles the theft of Europes greatest works of art, the trials of their slow recovery over the next half-a-century, and the most unlikely villains, Western art dealers who ended up with the stolen loot in their possession. Nicholas tome won a heap of awards, and now its been turned into a full-length documentary (already on many critics Oscar shortlist). Find the face of the hidden war when The Rape of Europa screens Tuesday at the Lake Worth Playhouse (713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth). Tickets range from $6 to 8. Call 561-586-6410, or visit www.lakeworthplayhouse.org.
Sat., Jan. 12, 2008