• Short Summary

    Priceless Polish treasures - The Wawel - centre of thirteen year's controversy, arrived at Warsaw Central Railway station, Feb 5, and were officially handed over to the Polish State Museum.

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    SV. Warsaw silhouette at dawn

    LV. Train pulling into Warsaw Central Station

    CU. Spectators on platform

    SV. Professor Marconi who escorted treasures

    SCU. Unloading one of the cases from the train

    SCU. Photographers

    STV. Unpacking the cases in the National museum

    CU. Unlocking one of these case

    CU. Opening the case, and removing the packing

    SCU. Exhibiting the Coronation Sword

    SCU.PAN. From Commission members PAN to the chain of White Eagle

    SCU. Wrapping a French prayer book

    STV. Members of the Commission watching.

    CU. Thumbing through the prayer book to an illuminated drawing

    STV.PAN. Members of the commission looking at objects d'art.
    S-D/MR/CW Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Priceless Polish treasures - The Wawel - centre of thirteen year's controversy, arrived at Warsaw Central Railway station, Feb 5, and were officially handed over to the Polish State Museum.

    Among the treasures were originals of Chopin, the first Gothenburg Bible to be printed and the Polish 'Crown Jewels', including the Coronation Sword, and White Eagle Chain.

    Delegates of the Polish State Museum had travelled to Canada to take possession of these treasures but left many more, including 132 rare. tapestries in an Ottawa bank vault.

    These priceless items-valued at between GBP2 and 25 million sterling - were sent to Canada in 1940 during the NAZI invasion of Poland for safe-keeping. At the end of the war and the rise of Communism in Poland they were retained in Canada. 70-year-old Joseph Polkowski who has acted custodian of the treasures fought for 13 years to prevent their return to Communist Poland.

    Legal title to ownership has been difficult to establish - and the banks have refused to surrender these treasures without the signatures of men, some of whom are now dead - former Polish Government officials.

    No announcement has been made as to what will happen to those remaining in Ottawa.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4K9BQ3956RNFZ3159C3SGQQKK
    Media URN:
    VLVA4K9BQ3956RNFZ3159C3SGQQKK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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