Month: November 2013

Tug-of-War Erupts Over Planned Return of Jewish Archives to Iraq

“Tug-of-War Erupts Over Planned Return of Jewish Archives to Iraq”

by Sylvia Westall and Jonathan Saul via “Reuters

“Jewish books and documents found by U.S. soldiers in the flooded headquarters of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and sent to the United States for restoration have touched off a dispute between Baghdad and Iraqi Jews who fled the country.

After a $3 million restoration, the collection has been put on display at the Washington-based National Archives. But bowing to demands from Iraq’s  . . . “



“Holding Looted Art Equals Receiving Stolen Goods: Safer”

“Holding Looted Art Equals Receiving Stolen Goods: Safer”

by Janice Arnold via “The Canadian Jewish News

 Veteran newsman Morley Safer lashed out at the “greedy” international art trade for its refusal to co-operate with efforts to restitute Nazi-looted art. Safer, a senior correspondent with CBS television’s 60 Minutes, was the opening speaker at a two-day conference at Concordia University titled “Plundered Cultures/Stolen Heritage. . . . “


“Completion of the World’s Largest of Equine Sculptures”

“Completion of the World’s Largest of Equine Sculptures”

“Andy Scott stands with Clydesdale Horses Duke and Baron and Donna Auchinvole during a topping out ceremony at The Kelpies on November 27, 2013 in Falkirk, Scotland. Construction work has been completed on Andy Scott’s Kelpies, the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures and one of the UKs tallest pieces of public art . . . .”


“Research Looted Art Oranjes”

“Research Looted Art Oranjes”

by Audrey Graanoogst via “NL Times”

“The Royal House is investigating whether there is looted art in the art collection of the royal family. An expert will study the origin of the collection, belonging to the Royal Collections since 1933.  An independent expert with specific experience in this area will perform the research, announced the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (RVD). . . .”


“Vienna Museum Director Quits in Nazi Looted Art Row”

“Vienna Museum Director Quits in Nazi Looted Art Row”

By Georgina Prodhan via “Reuters

“The director of Vienna’s Leopold Museum, home to extensive collections of work by Austrian artists such as Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, has quit in a row over Nazi-looted art. Tobias Natter said he could no longer stay at the museum after some of its most senior staff joined a controversial new foundation associated with Klimt’s illegitimate son, film director Gustav Ucicky, whose works included Nazi propaganda.”

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