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Lynn H. Nicholas was born in New London, Connecticut, and educated in the United States, England, and Spain. The Rape of Europa has been translated into more than a dozen languages. It inspired an international movement to locate and repatriate works of art and other property confiscated and stolen by individuals and governments before and during World War II. Ms. Nicholas was elected to the Le;gion d’Honneur by the government of France. She has become widely known as a lecturer on the issues addressed in The Rape of Europa and Cruel World, and has appeared as an expert witness in art-repatriation trials and before Congress.