Founding trustees Thomas Metcalf and W.G. Russell Allen step in as acting co-directors while James Plaut leaves Boston to serve in the war. Plaut’s wartime activities (1942–46) include directing the Art Looting Investigation Unit, the intelligence unit of the storied “Monuments Men and Women” responsible for preserving the artistic and cultural achievements of western civilization from the destruction of war and theft by the Nazis.

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