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Paul A. Harris, professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and associate director of the Honors College at Auburn University, recently authored the article “Alabama's Monuments Man: Robert K. Posey and the Quest for the Ghent Altarpiece," which details Auburn graduate Robert Kelley Posey’s service during World War II. The article made the cover of the summer 2016 issue of Alabama Heritage magazine, which can be viewed online.

In the article, Harris examines a small group of American military personnel who were assigned an unusual task: to protect and secure Europe’s works of art from Nazi theft or destruction. One of the key figures in that group was Alabama native Robert K. Posey, whose skill and training, and a bit of luck, helped save a number of significant paintings, sculptures and other artistic treasures from the Nazis. The original “Monuments Men” on which the recent Hollywood movie was based, these men, led by Posey, secured such treasures as the Ghent Altarpiece, Michelangelo’s Bruges Madonna and Vermeer’s The Astronomer.

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