The Liberators

Medieval art treasures seized by the Nazis go missing at the end of World War II. Were they destroyed in the chaos of the final battles? Or were these thousand-year-old masterpieces stolen by advancing American troops? For over forty years, the mystery remained unsolved. A true detective story, "The Liberators" follows a dogged German art detective through the New York art world and military archives to the unlikeliest of destinations: a small town on the Texas prairie. Featuring interviews with Willi Korte (Portrait of Wally) and Texas attorney Dick DeGuerin, the film raises intriguing questions as to the motivations of the art thief and the whereabouts of the items that, to this day,


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  • ★★★★ review by Substream Magazine on Letterboxd

    At the end of World War II, hundreds of thousands of precious cultural treasures remained missing. In 1986, German museum officials hired a graduate student to search the National Archives for clues to their missing works. One of the most valuable was the Quedlinburg Treasure. Willi Korte, a career treasure hunter, has spent the past several decades of his life looking for these missing valuables, and now he’s telling his story in his own words in Cassie Hay’s new film, The Liberators.

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