Crimes against art

Friday, Apr 6, 1945

It’s almost too much to believe: Incredible art treasures hidden away by the Nazis in a dark tunnel – all looted from occupied countries. They took Charlemagne’s bones from Aachen’s cathedral. They took works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Gogh. And 500 original scores by Beethoven taken from his birthplace in Bonn! The items were moved from one place to another until 1st Army soldiers found them. This wasn’t front page news. It’s small beer compared to the atrocities committed by the Nazis against living people. What’s horrific is that, in the midst of all that human destruction, they had the time and wherewithal to pillage and plunder as well. Our job now is to save it, sort it out, and return it to its owners.

Light the Sabbath candles.

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