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State returns UNESCO site to Olomouc Archbishopric

State returns UNESCO site to Olomouc Archbishopric

  31 January 2015 Prague Post   The Czech state will return [the Kroměříž chateau], which is UNESCO-listed together with the surrounding gardens, to the Olomouc Archbishopric within the church restitution, Culture Minister Daniel Herman told Czech Television (ČT) today. Herman (Christian Democrats, KDU-ČSL) said it will not be long before the property is transferred to the [...]

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Historic Cemetery Returned to Armenians in Istanbul

Historic Cemetery Returned to Armenians in Istanbul

  3 February 2015 Asbarez   The Armenian community of Turkey has won a legal battle for the ownership of a historic cemetery in Istanbul in the latest success story for the return of properties seized from minorities in the wake of legal amendments, the Daily Sabah reports. The Turkish Prime Ministry’s Directorate General of [...]

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Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record haul

Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record haul

    22 January 2015 AFP   The Italian government said police had seized more than 5,000 ancient artefacts in a record 45-million-euro haul after dismantling a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said it was the country’s “largest discovery yet” of looted works and consisted of 5,361 pieces, including vases, jewellery, frescoes and [...]

Posted in: The Cultural Front
Despite detente, search for art looted in Cuba could take years

Despite detente, search for art looted in Cuba could take years

  Alistair Bell Reuters 7 January 2015   When Gil Marmol and his family fled Cuba in 1961 the revolutionary government seized 17 paintings that they left behind, including two watercolors by Mexico’s Diego Rivera. Years later, he discovered that one of the works was smuggled abroad and then sold at auction in New York [...]

Court to Rule on Turkish Dealer’s Collection of Looted Artifacts

Court to Rule on Turkish Dealer’s Collection of Looted Artifacts

MUNICH, Germany (Cyprus Mail)—A German court is set to issue a final decision on the fate of 85 artifacts stolen from Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, including fragments of painted church walls, an Armenian gospel manuscript, and some 40 prehistoric antiques, the Cyprus Mail reports. The Court of Appeal of Munich is expected to issue [...]

The Race Against ISIS: Efforts to Preserve Ancient Christian Culture in the Middle East

The Race Against ISIS: Efforts to Preserve Ancient Christian Culture in the Middle East

Amal Marogy 2 December 2014 Hudson Institute   As ISIS continues to wage a campaign to eradicate the entire Christian presence and every trace of that ancient community’s existence in northern Iraq, a treasure of Christian patrimony, consisting of relics and manuscripts testifying to nearly two millennia of Christianity, is being systematically destroyed. Dr. Amal [...]

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Czech Police Find Two Priceless Statues of Saints in Austria

Czech Police Find Two Priceless Statues of Saints in Austria

  Prague, Nov 21 (ČTK) — Czech police have found two priceless wooden statutes of saints from the 16th and 17th centuries, stolen in the Czech Republic in the early 1990s, in Austria, police spokeswoman Petra said on the police website. This year, the police have found 15 similar artefacts, mostly stolen from churches, Strašilová [...]

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Culture War: The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts

Culture War: The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts

James Cuno November/December 2014 Foreign Affairs   In December 2007, the Italian government opened an exhibition in Rome of 69 artifacts that four major U.S. museums had agreed to return to Italy on the grounds that they had been illegally excavated and exported from the country. Leading nearly 200 journalists through the exhibition, Francesco Rutelli, [...]

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Return Our Churches: Murder, Theft and Denial

Return Our Churches: Murder, Theft and Denial

Property restitution is an indispensable step to right the wrongs of the past and, thus, to legitimize one’s system as free and just; hence a democracy. The Republic of Turkey projects itself as a modern democracy, a state that has successfully fused secular and religious elements and aspires not only to represent the Muslim world in [...]

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Money Trumps Morality: Armenian-Canadian Businessmen Invest and Lose Millions in Totalitarian Cuba

Money Trumps Morality: Armenian-Canadian Businessmen Invest and Lose Millions in Totalitarian Cuba

By Vilen Khlgatyan | 28.10.2014 Late last month the regime of Raúl Castro sentenced a Canadian businessman of Armenian origin, Cy Tokmakjian to 15 years in prison on corruption-related charges. The sentence follows a three-year ordeal which began as part of a wider campaign targeting foreign investors in Cuba by the Castro regime. Cuba follows the Soviet [...]

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