A gift to Russia’s Peter the Great from the King of Prussia in 1716, the Amber Room was once considered an eighth wonder of the world. Some 55 square metres (590 sq ft), it contained over six tonnes of amber resin and gold leaf, worth an estimated £225m today. In 1941 it was plundered from the Catherine Palace near St Petersburg by the Nazis and taken east to Königsberg Castle in what was then German East Prussian city of Königsberg. When the avenging Red Army swept west as the tide of war changed, Ivan, then a young sniper, was in the vanguard as Königsberg Castle was besieged. The Amber Room was last seen amid the bomb-blitzed castle ruins shortly before it was over run in 1945 by the Soviets who changed the seized city's name to Kaliningrad. Despite dozens of Indiana Jones-style searches for the treasure across Eastern Europe it has never been found. In 1998, two separate groups of treasure hunters, one German and one Lithuanian, announced they had … [Read more...] about Is the fabled £225m Russian Amber Room looted by the Nazis buried under England’s World Cup FAN ZONE?
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Carolyn Riccardelli will never forget the day in 2002 when a sculpture named Adam took a terrible fall. The conservator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art says the 6-foot-3-inch "Adam" was gravely damaged after his plywood pedestal buckled. "I went upstairs and I saw the sculpture in pieces all over the floor. … He was in 28 large pieces and hundreds of small pieces," Riccardelli told CBS News' Dana Jacobson. "This is one of the most important sculptures from the early Renaissance. Certainly in the western hemisphere outside of Italy. And when something like this breaks, we couldn't accept the loss," she said. "It would have works by every artist you've heard of because there really isn't an artist to exist who doesn't have works that are lost," Charney said. "The theft from the Gardner museum took place on St. Patrick's Day night. And two people dressed as policemen knocked on the employee entrance and against regulations the security guards that night let them in. … [Read more...] about “The Museum of Lost Art”: Examining the vulnerability of the world’s treasures
Europe 12 September 2016 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37337927 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The leader of Germany's right-wing, anti-immigration AfD party has been criticised for trying to give a positive spin to the Nazi-era word "voelkisch" ("people's" or "national").Frauke Petry said it was wrong to equate … [Read more...] about ‘Nazi word’ revived by German AfD chief
Europe 4 June 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44354559 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsThe Holocaust There is outrage across the political spectrum in Germany over a far-right leader's description of the 12-year Nazi dictatorship as "just bird poo". Alternative for Germany (AfD) co-leader … [Read more...] about Anger over ‘Nazis just bird poo’ remark
For a week, as police in suburban Maryland searched for a missing, pregnant high school teacher, they grew convinced her boyfriend knew more than he was saying. Then they found the body of the teacher, shot once in the back of the head and buried in a shallow grave several hundred yards from where the boyfriend lived. The boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, offered an explanation: Several men had kidnapped him and his girlfriend, Laura Wallen, killing her but sparing him. Then he offered another, according to police: He and Ms Wallen had argued, and as she lunged at him, she ran into a wooden post and collapsed, appearing to be dead. He then buried her in a field. In trying to explain why she was found shot, they say Mr Tessier told them he had worried he might have buried her alive and fired one round at her to make sure she was not suffering. The explanations offered by Mr Tessier - as spelled out in court documents recently filed by Montgomery County, Maryland, prosecutors - … [Read more...] about Maryland murder suspect claims he only shot his girlfriend because he thought he had buried her alive