CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Harry Ettlinger, one of the last surviving Monument Men and a New Jersey resident, will appear Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. at Temple Sholom of West Essex, located at 760 Pompton Ave. in Cedar Grove.

He will speak about his experiences and the event is open to the community ($5 charge for non-members). Refreshments will be served.

Ettlinger fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938 and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 after graduating from high school in Newark. He relied on his German fluency to work as an Army translator, first for the Nuremberg trials and later for the Allies' Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Department.

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The MFAA was responsible for retrieving and returning five million pieces of looted art to their rightful owners. he accompanied his superiors as they searched for art stolen by the Nazis and hidden away in European mines and castles. In recognition of his work, Ettlinger was recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

RSVP to the temple office at 971-239-1321 or email office@sholom.net.