Robert M. Edsel, President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art and author of The Monuments Men, announced today the discovery of an audio recording of a speech given by General Dwight D. Eisenhower about the importance of art and its protection during war.

The speech was delivered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on April 2, 1946 at an event in which General Eisenhower was presented with an Honorary Life Fellowship from the museum with a citation that read: “To Dwight D. Eisenhower, soldier, diplomat and statesman, through whose wisdom and foresight irreplaceable art treasures were saved for future generations."

To listen to the full audio recording and associated images of General Eisenhower’s speech at the Met, or to view archival images of Eisenhower’s historic orders, visit www.monumentsmenfoundation.org.

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