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Public Invited to Meet Livingston’s Own “Monuments Man” at Two Seperate Events

Jackie Schatell

Friday, March 14, 2014 • 12:23am

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Recently, the movie "Monuments Men," a film about people who were charged with the mission of recovering Europe’s cultural treasures, which were being ravaged by World War II and looted by the Nazis, hit U.S. theaters.

Livingston has its own "Monuments Man," and he is being honored at two different Livingston events, during the week of March 24.

On March 24, at 7:30 p.m, the public is invited to Meet Harry Ettlinger—one of the Original “Monuments Men.” The event, which is being presented by the Livingston Historical Society, will be held at the SYLS Community Center, which is located at 204 Hillside Avenue, in room T-2. Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by Bunnie Ratner, on March 27, at 7:00 p.m., attendees are invited to watch a short film produced by Ratner called, “I Was There: The Story of Harry Ettlinger, the Monuments Man,” and enjoy dessert with Mr. Ettlinger. For more information, call Bunnie Ratner at 973-992-3987.

The film is about Ettlinger’s life as a Monuments Man, and more. Ettlinger, formerly of Livingston and now of Rockaway, NJ, is one of six surviving Monuments Men—the male and female members of the Allies’ Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Department-- who saved works of art stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

Please Note: This is not the feature film that is currently being shown in theaters.

ABOUT MONUMENTS MEN

According to the IMDB 2014 movie site, the “Monuments Men” movie is based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history. The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by President Franklin D. Roosevelt with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys—seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1—possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. The movie, which was directed by George Clooney, and stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett.

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