Monuments Men and Women Foundation
The Monuments Men and Women Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) “not-for-profit” organization created to raise worldwide awareness about the service of the Monuments Men and Women and honor them for their achievements. In addition to completing the mission of the Monuments Men by locating and returning works of art and other cultural treasures to their rightful owners - actions General Eisenhower described as a “privilege” - the Foundation is putting their remarkable legacy to use by raising awareness on the importance of respecting the cultural property of others.
The Monuments Men and Women were a group of American and British museum curators, art historians, architects, even artists responsible for preserving the artistic and cultural achievements of western civilization from the destruction of war and theft by the Nazis. Their efforts, authorized by President Roosevelt and implemented by historic orders from General Eisenhower, marked the first time an army fought a war while comprehensively attempting to mitigate damage to cultural treasures. Nothing comparable has happened in any war since.
"Preserving these stories of bravery and sacrifice helps ensure extraordinary men and women who have shaped our present will not be forgotten.”
— President Barack Obama
Donate For An Autographed Copy
When you donate $100 or more to the Monuments Men and Women Foundation,, you may ask for an autographed copy of one of Robert Edsel's books.
Follow up your donation with an email to
donate @ monumentsmenandwomenfnd.org
and specify which of the books you'd like to receive, your mailing address and the name for the dedication.
Free US shipping. No returns.
(The book Rescuing Da Vinci is excluded from the offer)
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization and is tax-deductible as applicable by law. The deductible amount is the total donation amount minus the market price of the book; amounts will vary depending on the book chosen. Donations are non-refundable.
The Work Continues
World War II, the most destructive conflict in history, proved an unprecedented test of mankind’s desire to preserve its most venerated artistic and cultural treasures for future generations.
Terrorism, natural disasters, budget shortages, and perhaps the greatest danger of all---complacency, have also claimed far too many cherished works of art, monuments, and religious objects that had survived for centuries to the betterment of our civilized world.
What then will be said by future generations about our efforts to complete the unfinished business of World War II and apply the lessons of the Monuments Men to all future challenges?
The Monuments Men and Women Foundation has found and returned more than 30 cultural objects and artwork since its inception. The Foundation’s toll-free tip line 1-866-WWII-ART provides a simple path for those who may be in possession or have knowledge of missing objects to come forward with vital information. Callers can remain anonymous, and the Foundation will assist in the object’s restitution.
Our most recent return ceremony took place on November 8, 2021, in Warsaw, Poland, returning two drawings by Adolf Kozarski, lost during World War II, to the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw.