Protecting the Priceless: History in Peril!

Event Type Educational Lectures , Member Events & Activities , Adults
Date calendar  Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time clock  6:00pm - 7:00pm (1h)
Location FIA Theater

Thompson Lecture

Guest Lecturer: Robert K. Wittman

The Devil’s Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich (Harper; Hardcover) by New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Wittman chronicles Wittman’s dramatic 2013 recovery of the long-lost private diary of Alfred Rosenberg, who, as the Nazi Party’s chief ideologue, laid the philosophical foundations for the Holocaust. The diary had been lost for more than 60 years. Rosenberg is known as the man who made Hitler into Hitler. The book mines the diary’s long-hidden contents to create a groundbreaking, page-turning account of the Nazi rise to power, the Final Solution, and Germany’s brutal occupation of the Soviet Union. 

Wittman discusses his new book and the importance of the protection and recovery of manuscripts and lost artworks. Known in some circles as the FBI’s real Indiana Jones, Wittman has recovered more than $300 million in lost and stolen artwork and cultural property. He chronicles many of these thrilling recoveries in “Protecting the Priceless: History in Peril!”

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