Thursday, 26 May 2011

University must surrender collection of Egyptian antiquities

A university's collection Egyptian antiquities must be handed over to the Jewish Claims Conference, an umbrella alliance of 24 international Jewish organizations seeking compensation for Holocaust victims and their descendants,

A court in Germany has ruled that the University of Leipzig is to lose the collection which it bought in 1936 from a Jewish professor, Professor Georg Steindorff. The court said Steindorff had been forced to sell his collection under Nazi rule for a value far below its actual worth.

Georg Steindorff had held Leipzig's Egyptology chair and emigrated from Nazi Germany to the US where he died in 1951.

Leipzig university produced no evidence to counter the charge that Steindorff had been forced to sell his collection.

The professor had collected the antiquities on research trips.

Source: Monsters & Critics

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