Glenn talks to the author of ‘one of the greatest stories in world history’

Last month, Glenn went to see the film Monuments Men, which is based on historian Robert M. Edsel’s book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. Glenn is a big fan of the story, and he was impressed with the film adaptation as well. On radio this morning, Glenn was joined by Edsel to discuss the history of the story and his efforts to ensure those involved receive proper recognition.

To begin, Glenn asked Edsel to explain how he stumbled upon the story. As he explained, the story stemmed from one simple question: If Europe was so ravaged by World War II, how did so many works of art survive, and who were the people who saved them?

“I moved to Florence in 1996… My son was 2-years-old. I wasn't spending the kind of time with him I wanted to, so I needed to create just a break to go learn about some new things and traveled around Europe and settled in Florence and started studying art and architecture,” Edsel explained. “One day I asked this question just out of curiosity: If Europe was so beat up by the war, 65 million lives lost, how did so many works of art survive and who were the people who saves them. And I didn't know what the answer was. I wasn't embarrassed about that, but I was hugely embarrassed it never occurred to me to ask.”

Much to his surprise, no one seemed to know the answer to that question. That lack of information led to his research that is chronicled in several books including The Monuments Men.

“So World War II is the most documented, photographed event in history. And you'd figure there would be books of photographs about this period. There weren't, which is why my first book, Rescuing da Vinci was a photographic telling,” Edsel said. “But then I really realized what we were lacking was this narrative telling through these men's and women's letters home during the war where they described their feelings: What was it like being a middle-aged guy… not knowing whether you're ever going to see your small kid again and walking into salt mines and finding thousands of stolen works of art? What was that like?”

Six of these ‘monuments men’ are still alive today, and Edsel’s goal – through his books, the film, and his foundation – is to complete the mission of these individuals and properly recognize these heroes with Congressional Gold Medals.

“So the Monuments Men Foundation, I founded in 2007, is a not-for-profit entity,” Edsel said. “We're completing the mission of the Monuments Men. The original goal was raise worldwide awareness. The film is helping us accomplish that. Now there are going to be hundreds of millions of people around the world.”

Edsel’s book has been translated in 34 languages, and his foundation has slowly but surely started collecting these artifacts. If you have any information that could be of use, Edsel encouraged listeners to call 1.866.WWII.ART. Furthermore, you can contact your congressman through the Monuments Men Foundation website to let him/her know you would like these brave men and women to be recognized. Contact your congressman HERE.

One story I think you'll be interested in, the Monuments Men book has been translated in 34 languages. When it was translated into Chinese, I contacted our publisher there and said, why in the world are you all interested in this and they said because Chinese people can't believe you gave it all back.

“What an honor to be able to talk to Robert Edsel. The world didn't know about this – one of the greatest stories in American history, one of the greatest stories in world history. No country has ever done this before,” Glenn concluded. “And we can help get them medals by going to… Let's not wait. Before they die, let's honor these guys. And if you haven't seen the Monuments Men or read it, please do. It is truly a remarkable story.”

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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