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Saving the Light at Chartres: How the Great Cathedral Was Protected During World War II

Author/EditorPollak, Victor (Author)
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 9780811739016
Pub Date15/10/2020
BindingHardback
Pages384
Dimensions (mm)229(h) * 152(w)
In a book in the spirit of The Monuments Men, Victor Pollak describes the efforts to save Chartres Cathedral.
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Chartres Cathedral is one of the crown jewels of world art and architecture. Construction began a decade and a half before, and concluded a century before, Notre-Dame was completed. Chatres avoided destruction during the anti-religion fervor of the French Revolution, and survived World War II - thanks to the efforts of the French Resistance and a single American soldier. The grand cathedral's stained glass was first protected, in 1939 and 1940, by the French Resistance. Four years later, Col. Wellborn Griffith stepped up. His superiors decided the cathedral was expendable, since German snipers were presumed to be in its spires, but he personally inspected the cathedral and cleared it - and later that day was killed while patrolling the town. In a book in the spirit of The Monuments Men, Victor Pollak describes the efforts to save Chartres Cathedral.

Chartres Cathedral is one of the crown jewels of world art and architecture. Construction began a decade and a half before, and concluded a century before, Notre-Dame was completed. Chatres avoided destruction during the anti-religion fervor of the French Revolution, and survived World War II - thanks to the efforts of the French Resistance and a single American soldier. The grand cathedral's stained glass was first protected, in 1939 and 1940, by the French Resistance. Four years later, Col. Wellborn Griffith stepped up. His superiors decided the cathedral was expendable, since German snipers were presumed to be in its spires, but he personally inspected the cathedral and cleared it - and later that day was killed while patrolling the town. In a book in the spirit of The Monuments Men, Victor Pollak describes the efforts to save Chartres Cathedral.

Victor Pollak is a lawyer residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is his first book.

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