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.
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
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.
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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.