The Liberators


Monday, Nov. 7 at 7:30pm

Medieval art treasures seized by the Nazis go missing at the end of World War II. Were they destroyed in the chaos of the final battles? Or were these 1,000-year-old masterpieces — worth an estimated $350 million — stolen by advancing American troops? For more than 40 years, the mystery remained unsolved. A true detective story, "The Liberators" follows dogged German art detective Willi Korte — referred to by some as “art’s Indiana Jones” — on his journey to track down the long-missing art. From World War II-era Germany to the National Archives in Washington, D.C., the film shadows Korte’s investigation, which eventually leads to an entirely unexpected destination: the tiny prairie town of Whitewright, Texas, near the Oklahoma border. But as Korte gets closer to uncovering the truth, he stirs up a firestorm of controversy and conflict that rocks the suspect’s family and their small community. Featuring interviews with Korte and renowned Texas lawyer Dick DeGuerin (HBO's "The Jinx"), the film raises intriguing questions about both the motivations of the thief and the whereabouts of the artworks — which, to this day, remain waiting to be discovered.

75 min.
German & English

Directed by

Cassie Hay

Film Category

Art & Architecture Spotlight International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight


With director Hay and executive producer David Bryant.

Sponsored by

Ward & Carol Klein

Shown with

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