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The Complexity and History of Property Restitution in Poland

The Complexity and History of Property Restitution in Poland

   POLISH-AMERICAN ADVOCACY GROUP EVENING STAR BUILDING, 7th FLOOR 1101 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, DC 20004   October 17, 2013   To the Members of the Congressional Caucus on Poland: This is to inform you about the case of property restitution in Poland, including Jewish property. Whereas there has been no comprehensive legislation for property [...]

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Hundreds of Looted Icons Recovered in Albania

Hundreds of Looted Icons Recovered in Albania

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Polish Property Confiscated by the Partitioning Powers
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Polish Property Confiscated by the Partitioning Powers

  During the Second World War, and directly after, Polish citizens had their properties confiscated by the two invaders and occupiers: the German Nazis and the Soviet Communists. However, quite a few Poles were deprived of their property from the eighteenth century onwards by the three partitioning powers—Prussia, Austria, and Russia—as shown by the Wykaz [...]

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El anzuelo de la apertura económica

El anzuelo de la apertura económica

In Séptimo Día – El Nuevo Herald of 1 September 2013 I comment (in Spanish) on the similarities between V.I. Lenin’s New Economic Policy (NEP) and the so-called economic reforms of Cuban leader Rául Castro: Los comunistas jamás han sido reconocidos por su creatividad. Por lo tanto, el que haya estudiado bien sus métodos de [...]

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Tolkien’s Farmer Giles of Ham: Hero for Our Time?

Tolkien’s Farmer Giles of Ham: Hero for Our Time?

  Peter Freeman 9 August 2013 Crisis Magazine   Professor Peter Freeman notes in Crisis Magazine the relevance of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Farmer Giles of Ham with respect to current United States sociopolitical issues. Below is an excerpt about Farmer Giles and the defense of private property:  What motivates Giles to take a loaded gun to [...]

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Interview: Chris Marinello, The Art Loss Register

Interview: Chris Marinello, The Art Loss Register

Paris, 25 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). For several years, Christopher A. Marinello has dedicated his professional life to recovering stolen works of art. Art Media Agency met with him to find out more about his activities in this important domain. What’s your background? How did you come to work with the Art Loss [...]

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Art theft and restitution, interview with Tania Mastrapa

Art theft and restitution, interview with Tania Mastrapa

Miami, 22 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Tania Mastrapa directs Mastrapa Consultants, which focuses upon the privatisation and confiscation of art works from Cuba. Each December, she organises a conference entitled “The Art of Looting”, which takes a look at some of the most controversial issues surrounding the theft or misappropriation of cultural goods. [...]

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Chile’s First Fulbright Scholar Reflects on Chile’s Political Economy 1957-1970

Chile’s First Fulbright Scholar Reflects on Chile’s Political Economy 1957-1970

When I arrived in Santiago in early January 1957 I was met by John Rhodes, Cultural Affairs Attaché at the US Embassy. A bon vivant, John was well connected with Santiago’s cultural-intellectual community. He opened doors for me that proved invaluable for the pursuit of my research project that focused on Chile’s U.S.-owned copper mining industry, [...]

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Thieves respect property

Thieves respect property

  Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it. The Man Who Was Thursday: a Nightmare (1908) G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)  

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Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962

Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962

Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962by Gail Kligman and Katherine Verdery(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011)520 ppUS $39.50 The book is an ambitious attempt to map the process of collectivization in Romania and its implications for parties involved in it: the Romanian Communist Party as its driving force and the village organizational structures [...]

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