In February, audiences will be treated to a dramatic retelling of the exploits of the Army’s Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives unit. The team, made up of art historian-types, was tasked with tracking down treasures looted by the Nazis in World War II.

The release of “Monuments Men” (written by George Clooney, directed by George Clooney, starring George Clooney, including George Clooney as best boy) comes shortly after the government seized the personal journals of one of the architects of the Nazis’ plunder program. We recently wrote about the fate of the Alfred Rosenburg’s diaries, which apparently had been snagged (or retained for personal purposes “in contrary to law and proper procedure,” as customs officials put it) by a prosecutor at the Nuremberg Tribunals, which put Rosenburg to death by hanging in 1946.

The diaries had been missing until 2012 when someone started shopping them around for possible auction. The government stepped in to seize the records and give them to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The courts recently unsealed some of the records (see below) that detail the investigation that led to the seizure. Here are some of the tidbits:

— The government continues to keep secret the identity of the person who possessed the journals, redacting his/her name and place of employment.

— Rosenberg’s records were found hidden behind a false wall in a Bavarian castle in 1945.

— Investigators used scholarly references to Rosenburg’s diaries to determine that the Nuremberg prosecutor held on to the records and occassionally shared them with other researchers.

— There is a curious redaction on page 4. Any idea what they are trying to cover up here?

Other links:

Nazi plunder on Wiki

Monuments Men website