Saturday, January 25, 2014
Hollywood is not the only one seeking to cash in on the new "Monuments Men" movie. Not surprisingly, anti-collecting academics are seeking to do the same thing, though the parallels between looting of archaeological sites and Nazi state sponsored confiscations are not very close in CPO's opinion. Indeed, a far closer parallel is the Iraqi State's confiscation of Iraqi-Jewish artifacts. Yet, the issue of the repatriation of artifacts stolen from Iraqi Jews back to the country that expropriated them receives no notice from these same groups. Hypocrisy? Perhaps. More evidence, if any is needed, that it's more about control than conservation? Definitely.