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"Monuments Men" shines light on WWII's stolen art

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Reuters

On the pages of history, some stories are lost.

Others plundered.

And for a World War Two platoon called "The Monuments Men," recovering what was stolen by the Nazis was their mission.

This is the story that will appear next week on the big screen starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, among others.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GEORGE CLOONEY AND MATT DAMON IN "THE MONUMENTS MEN" (MUST COURTESY SONY PICTURES) SAYING:

"Monuments Men. Signed by Roosevelt. I see that. I'm to put a team together and try to protect what's left and find what's missing."

The stolen included vast amounts of sculptures, paintings and more, including this piece, "Girl holding a dove".

It was stolen, photographed and documented in a leather back album all for Adolf Hitler.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ROBERT EDSEL, AUTHOR OF "THE MONUMENTS MEN" AND CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER OF THE MONUMENTS MEN FOUNDATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF ART, SAYING:

"Hitler would flip through these alb