'Monument Man' Harry Ettlinger, of Rockaway, recalls locating stolen art during World War II

Rockaway resident Harry Ettlinger was part of the actual group who found, sorted and returned art stolen by the Nazis during the war.

Rockaway resident Harry Ettlinger was part of the actual group who found, sorted and returned art stolen by the Nazis during the war. (2/8/14)

ROCKAWAY - George Clooney's latest film, "The Monument's Men" highlights the efforts of a special group that located stolen art and preserved ancient monuments during World War II.

Rockaway resident Harry Ettlinger was part of the actual group who found, sorted and returned art stolen by the Nazis during the war.

Ettlinger was a 19-year-old infantry man at the time, with no expertise in art, but his German language skills proved to be useful.

He was responsible for going into German mines where hordes of stolen art was stored.

"It was my my job, with the help of miners, to locate that particular case, box and bring it to the surface," he says.

While many works of art were recovered during this time, Ettlinger suspects there is a lot more stolen Nazi art to be found across the world.

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