Film showing in Detroit, Michigan: The Rape of Europa

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality at Wayne State University in Detroit will be showing the documentary, The Rape of Europa, on Friday, September 27 as part of the campaign to defend the Detroit Institute of Arts (defendthedia.org).

According to the film’s web site, The Rape of Europa “tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War. In a journey through seven countries, the film takes the audience into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe.”

The film is being shown as Detroit’s emergency manager, with the aid of the bankruptcy courts, considers selling off works of art from the Detroit Institute of Arts in order to pay off the city’s wealthy bondholders.

The documentary, produced and directed by Richard Berge, Bonnie Cohen and Nicole Newnham, is based on material from the award-winning book, The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War by Lynn H. Nicholas.

(See “The politics of cultural destruction: The Rape of Europa”).


Detroit, Michigan
Friday, September 27, 7:00 p.m.
Wayne State University Student Center Room 289 Map