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The movie "The Monuments Men," starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, hits theaters nationwide Friday. The plot is about a group of soldiers tracking down art stolen by the Nazis.

The film's plot is based on truth. That truth came to life at Poland's consulate in Manhattan Thursday.

The Department of Homeland security returned to Poland an 18th Century painting "Saint Philip Baptizing a Servant of Queen Kandaki."

Created in 1768, the painting hung in a Warsaw museum until Nazi forces seized it during a raid in World War 2. Historians believe Hitler's army and its allies stole tens of thousands of precious artifacts all across Europe.

Operations such as those depicted in "The Monuments Men " have been going on for decades.

The DHS said it will continue aggressively looking for these artifacts and getting them back where they belong.

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