Cape Gazette

Cinema and Art Series to present 'The Rape of Europa' Oct. 24

Oct 13, 2012
Source: Submitted Sgt. Kenneth Lindsay examines a confiscated School of Botticelli portrait in a scene from the documentary "The Rape of Europa."

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Rehoboth Art League and the Inn at Canal Square will offer a thought-provoking evening that sheds light on the shocking plunder of art treasures by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime when the Cinema & Art series presents a screening of the acclaimed documentary “The Rape of Europa,” along with a discussion and presentation, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at The Inn at Canal Square, 122 Market St. in Lewes.

Some of the world’s great masterworks were plundered by the Nazis during World War II. The massive efforts to find, reclaim and repatriate this stolen art have been a monumental chapter in art history. This event spotlights these efforts as well as many of the great paintings and sculptures that might have been lost forever.

Narrated by Oscar nominee Joan Allen, “The Rape of Europa” takes the audience on a journey through seven countries, telling a story of greed and warfare that threatened the artistic heritage of Europe. For 12 years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art. Young art historians and curators from America and across Europe fought back, mounting a campaign to rescue and return countless art works displaced by the war.

Nominated for Best Documentary Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America, this acclaimed documentary honors the heroes who saved the treasures of art for generations to come. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times observed, “'The Rape of Europa' tells a series of wonderful stories, many of which are fascinating enough to inspire movies of their own.”

The evening will begin with prescreening refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Following the screening, Rehoboth Beach Film Society member Nancy Kassner will lead a discussion on the subject in more depth with her presentation, “The Last Prisoners of WWII and the Heartache of Repatriation."

Cinema & Art is a biannual film series that brings artists and art to the big screen. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at or by calling 302-645-9095, Ext 1. Tickets are nonrefundable.

The mission of the RBFS is to promote the art of film and, through outreach initiatives, to entertain, educate and enrich the cultural life of local and extended communities.  For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit or call 302-645-9095.

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