• Short Summary

    In Copenhagen Visnews
    recently filmed the transfer of Polish art treasures from the Swedish-American
    liner Stockholm to Ambassador to Denmark and other Polish officials the boxes
    containing the treasures were loaded on to a lorry and taken under police
    protection to the waiting vans.

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    In Copenhagen Visnews
    recently filmed the transfer of Polish art treasures from the Swedish-American
    liner Stockholm to Ambassador to Denmark and other Polish officials the boxes
    containing the treasures were loaded on to a lorry and taken under police
    protection to the waiting vans.

    These relics - including the Chopin collection, a Gutenberg Bible ancient Polish
    chronicles and the coronation sword of the Polish kings - are part of the
    collection brought to Canada in 1940 under the authority of the then exiled
    Polish Government in London. The treasures were kept partly in the Ottawa branch
    of the Bank of Montreal, partly in the Quebec provincial museum.

    After negotiations with a Polish pianist in exile, the present curator of the
    Warsaw Museum and one of the original custodian of the relics, the Ottawa
    Government which recognises the Polish Communist Government finally decided to
    return the treasures to Poland. The Duplessis Government in Quebec however has
    made it quite clear that it will not give up its part of the collection as long
    as there is a Communist regime in Poland. So 24 trunks remain in Quebec's
    provincial museum.

    In a letter published in the British press Jan 24 Polish Prime Minister in
    exile, Antoni Pajak, speaks of the "undoubted fact that the Polish treasures
    deposited in Canada belong essentially to the Polish people." But he raises
    doubts which seem to account also for the Quebec Government's attitude when he
    says: "But it does not follow that they should be released to the present rulers
    of Poland. ... What would happen to these treasures if Russia decided to stage
    in Poland an action similar to that of Hungary?"

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAP1JJYSXY95Y26J8Y5WD1HD3M
    Media URN:
    VLVAAP1JJYSXY95Y26J8Y5WD1HD3M
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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