Sunday, Aug 28 4pm Monuments Men: Saving Italy's art from Hitler


Imagine Italy with virtually every painting and sculpture in the entire country gone. Nothing was too large or too difficult for the retreating Nazi army to cart off. Work was stored in more than a thousand repositories and eventually nearly all of it in underground caves and mines. As the Third Reich was about to fall in 1945, Adolph Hitler’s decree was discovered. If he couldn’t have it - all of it was to be destroyed - an estimated five million important pieces of art. Learn about the work of a brave group of artist-soldiers, who saved Italy’s artwork - known as the Monument Men.


Our guest speaker is Chris Rilling, affiliated with Lourdes University life-long learning program. He has titled the program "Saving Italy: Michelangelo and Leonardo vs Hitler and Mussolini; The story of the creation of the Monuments Men prograrm and their work in Italy." If you attended Chris’s lecture on the Reconstruction of Notre Dame, you know that you’re in for a visual and informative treat! An Italian dinner buffet will accompany the presentation, with reservations appreciated to kate@stpaulstoledo.org. Suggested donation is $25pp and does not include wine. Wine pairing ideas are below and you are welcome to bring your own bottle. Glasses will be provided.


Arrival • Free Parking

Apertivo, Italian Cheese Board


Seated and Introductions

Tuscan Tomato & Bread Salad

Calzone with Dipping Sauce

PInto Noir (suggested)


Program I

Shrimp and Linguine Fra Diavolo

(Roasted veggies replace shrimp for special diets)

Chardonnay or Chianti (suggested)


Program II

Dessert Trio: Triple Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Profiterole


Epilogue - Journal Give Away

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