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Heinz Ludwig Chaim "Harry" Ettlinger (January 28, 1926 – October 21, 2018) was one of the Monuments Men. On October 22, 2015, Ettlinger and Richard Barancik, a fellow Monuments Man, were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.[1]

Harry L. Ettlinger
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Ettlinger in 2007
Heinz Ludwig Chaim Ettlinger

(1926-01-28)January 28, 1926
Karlsruhe, Germany
DiedOctober 21, 2018(2018-10-21) (aged 92)
HonoursCongressional Gold Medal



Ettlinger was born in Karlsruhe, Germany on January 28, 1926. He migrated from Germany with his parents and his two brothers in September 1938. When they arrived in the United States they first lived in Manhattan, eventually settling in Newark, New Jersey, where he graduated from East Side High School.[2][3]

After leaving the service he attended Newark College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology) on the G.I. Bill, graduating with a BS in mechanical engineering in 1950.

A resident of Rockaway Township, New Jersey,[2] he died in 2018 at the age of 92.[4]

In popular cultureEdit

In the film The Monuments Men the character Sam Epstein is based on Ettlinger and played by Dimitri Leonidas.


  1. ^ "The Last of the Monuments Men". New Yorker. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  2. ^ a b DiIonno, Mark. "NJ life: 'Monuments Men' member tells his story", The Star-Ledger, March 4, 2014. Accessed October 23, 2018. "Harry Ettlinger is back home in his meticulous apartment in Rockaway Township, back from the movie premieres in Berlin, Milan, London, Paris and Washington.... The family settled in Newark, Ettlinger graduated from East Side High School, and when his draft notice came, the Navy was out of the question."
  3. ^ "Harry Ettlinger". The Monuments Men. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  4. ^ "Harry L. Ettlinger Obituary - Livingston, NJ". Dignity Memorial. Retrieved 2018-10-23.

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