First, The Monuments Men book by Robert Edsel and the subsequent movie starring George Clooney, Matt Damon et. al., and Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, reminded the world of the destruction and theft of many, many cultural treasures by Nazi Germany before and during World War II. Now, a new movie exploring this subject is due to hit our screens in March 2018. Hitler vs Picasso and Others is a documentary style film which follows the stories behind several recovered looted art treasures.
The first three books in The Carlswick Mysteries series were inspired by the many modern day art lovers who continue the search for the many pieces of art from this period that are still missing.