ASHEVILLE, N.C. — By now, you’ve probably seen the ads for the new George Clooney movie, “The Monuments Men.” But, to channel our inner Paul Harvey, you probably have yet to hear, “the rest of the story.”
There was much concern about preserving great works of art during the mass destruction of World War II. That concern extended well beyond the battlefields of Europe and Asia.
There was a constant concern that the Germans might attack the east coast and the newly-hired director of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., was trying to come up with a way to preserve nearly 80 of the great works the gallery housed.
His answer came when he recalled a trip he had made, nearly two decades before, to North Carolina.
This edition of the Buckley Report tells that story.