Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Urges Support for Bill to Recognize “Monuments Men”

Spring 2007

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) strongly urges swift passage of H. Con. Res. 48, which would for the first time recognize the achievements of the members of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program (the "Monuments Men") during and following WWII. These brave men and women, both military and civilian, risked their lives to preserve, protect, and repatriate artistic and cultural treasures in countries occupied by the Allied Armies. The heroic actions of these brave and dedicated Americans, which often put them in harm's way, saved priceless works of art and irreplaceable cultural artifacts for future generations and set a "moral precedent and established standards, practices, and procedures for the preservation, protection, and restitution of artistic and cultural treasures in future armed conflict." It is urgent that Congress pass this bill recognizing, at last, the contributions of these brave men and women, some of them proud members of the JWV, to the cultural and moral life of Western civilization. Their valor and dedication are above reproach. We urge swift passage of this tribute by the House Committee on Armed Services and then by the full Congress. This is an honor that is already long overdue. It must be delayed no longer.

 

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