Saturday, June 30, 2012

'Nuff said

(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)
'Especially when its acquisition may have been made possible by tragedies such as the Holocaust, Cambodia's killing fields or even the more recent looting of the Baghdad Museum during the Iraq war, the real issue is why any collector or museum would want to possess stolen art?'

– Our colleague Tess Davis, Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, in a commentary that she co-authored with Mark V. Vlasic, Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University. The commentary, which discusses a case on which we've previously posted, is headlined "Should Cambodian 'blood antiquities' be returned?" The authors' answer is a resounding "yes."

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