AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – For former state Rep. Pete Turnham of Auburn, “The Monuments Men” is not a Hollywood movie about World War II. It’s part of his life.
The 93-year-old businessman spent the summer and fall of 1945 guarding a Bavarian castle where the Nazis hid thousands of artworks seized during the war. Turnham was the company commander for 200 troops who guarded Neuschwanstein Castle to make sure none of the art was stolen or destroyed while experts worked on returning it to the rightful owners.
Turnham says it was scary to be responsible for the security of millions worth of art, but they never had any trouble.
He’s not surprised that George Clooney made a movie about the recovery of the art. He says it’s a great story.