Events highlight work of “Monuments Man”


       Binghamton University will host two events in honor of Professor Emeritus Kenneth Lindsay for his work as part of a special U.S. Army group charged preserving European treasures during World War II.  Known as “the Monuments Men,” a group, mostly art historians and museum curators, saved tens of thousands of artworks and monuments from the Nazis and helped return them to their rightful owners.  Lindsay, one of only about a dozen living Monuments Men, will participate in a panel discussion and will be honored at a special screening of a documentary in which he appears.

       The dialogue panel, “The Moral and Legal Issues Surrounding WWII Looted Art,” will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19 in the Watters Theater of the Fine Arts Building.  Panelists include Lindsay, Owen Pell ’80, partner, White & Case; Jonathan Karp, assistant professor of Judaic studies; and Ingeborg Majer O’Sickey, associate professor, German, Russian and East Asian Languages.

       The documentary, titled “The Rape of Europa,” will be screened at 6:45p.m. Monday, March 26, in the Watters Theater. Based on Lynn H. Nicholas’ 1995 book of the same title, the documentary acknowledges the heroic work of the Monuments Men and features interviews with Lindsay and other surviving Monuments Men.  Before the screening, Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur will present Lindsay with the University Medal in honor of his work as a Monuments Man.  There will be a question-and-answer session at the conclusion with, Richard Berge, one of the film’s producers and directors Richard Berge.

       Both events are free and open to the public. 

       For more information, call Alumni and Parent Relations at (607) 777-2431.

Last Updated: 9/17/13