Tag: Arts and Antiquities Looting

Hitler Looted the Art, Then They Looted Hitler

Chaos reigned in the bomb-ravaged streets of Munich on April 29, 1945. American troops were closing in. Hitler was a day away from killing himself in his bunker in Berlin. The Nazi guards who protected important buildings had fled. Hungry crowds stormed the Führerbau, the Führer’s building. First they looted the food, the liquor and […]

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Investigators Say a Ring Smuggled $145 Million in Ancient Artifacts

In a sweeping new criminal case, Subhash Kapoor, a former Manhattan art dealer the authorities describe as one of the world’s largest smugglers of antiquities, was charged Monday with running a multinational ring that trafficked in thousands of stolen objects, valued at more than $145 million, over 30 years. Mr. Kapoor, 70, is currently jailed […]

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Can an Outsider Tell the Story of Post-Revolution Egypt?

THE BURIEDAn Archaeology of the Egyptian RevolutionBy Peter Hessler The stories of theft, vandalism and lawlessness were rife for an ongoing period of some months following the 18 days that marked the Egyptian revolution of 2011. Tales of cars disappearing from outside buildings; ornate and antique woodwork being pillaged from historic mosques; people waking up […]

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In Iraq Museum, There Are Things ‘That Are Nowhere Else in the World’

BAGHDAD — If people remember anything about the Iraq Museum, it is most likely the televised images of it being looted in 2003 as American troops watched from their tanks. Statues too heavy to move were knocked from their pedestals, their 3,000- and 4,000-year-old shoulders bashed to powder. Some lost their eyes or one side […]

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