The following announcement was written by Ancestry.com:
PROVO, UT--(Jan 31, 2014) - To celebrate the release of the movie "Monuments Men" (expected in theaters February 7), Ancestry.com looked into the family histories of the movie's award-winning stars and found inspiring ancestral ties to the real-life war heroes their characters are based on. Featuring Hollywood heavyweights George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon, the film brings to the screen the true story of an unlikely platoon of soldiers brought together to save priceless pieces of art from being destroyed by the Nazis during World War II.
"With any historical film like 'Monuments Men', it is interesting to see the links between the actors and the characters they are portraying on the big screen. But what's fascinating about family history as a whole is that you don't have to be a George Clooney or a Matt Damon to find these kinds of connections," said Michelle Ercanbrack, family historian for Ancestry.com. "Everyone has a story, and by researching your family history you can learn more about the times in which your ancestors lived, and get a better sense of a historic event a family member may have been involved in or impacted by."
While researching the inspirations for the characters of "Monuments Men," Ancestry.com discovered a bevy of interesting connections between the film's stars who portray them.