• Short Summary

    POLISH ART TREASURES VALUED AT GBP4,000,000 STERLING, MANY OF WHICH WERE KEPT HIDDEN FROM THE NAZIS THROUGHOUT THE WAR, WENT ON EXHIBITION AT LONDON'S ROYAL ACADEMY ON SATURDAY (3 JANUARY).

  • Description

    POLISH ART TREASURES VALUED AT GBP4,000,000 STERLING, MANY OF WHICH WERE KEPT HIDDEN FROM THE NAZIS THROUGHOUT THE WAR, WENT ON EXHIBITION AT LONDON'S ROYAL ACADEMY ON SATURDAY (3 JANUARY).

    THE TREASURES INCLUDE PAINTINGS, TAPESTRIES, RELIGIOUS CARVINGS, SILVER AND GOLD RELICS, AND OTHER MAGNIFICENT WORKS OF ART DATING BACK MORE THAN 1,000 YEARS. THEY ARRIVED IN BRITAIN IN GREAT SECRECY AFTER A NON STOP DASH ACROSS EUROPE FOUR WEEKS AGO.

    ACCOMPANYING THEM IS THE MAN, NOW 71, WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SAVING MANY OF THEM FROM THE OFFICIAL NAZI ART-LOOTING TEAMS. HE IS PROFESSOR STANISLAW LORENTZ, DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM IN WARSAW, AND DURING THE WAR A MEMBER OF THE SECRET POLISH UNDERGROUND CABINET.

    POLISH OFFICIALS SAY THAT HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR PROFESSOR LORENTZ'S COURAGE AND ENTERPRISE MANY OF THE TREASURES ON DISPLAY MIGHT HAVE BEEN LOST FOR EVER. AS IT IS, A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT POLISH TREASURES DISAPPEARED DURING THE GERMAN OCCUPATION, NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN.

    BECAUSE OF THE AGE AND FRAGILITY OF MANY OF THE OBJECTS THIS WILL BE THE LAST TIME SUCH AN EXHIBITION WILL BE MOUNTED BY THE POLES. SMALLER VERSIONS OF IT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SHOWN IN PARIS AND CHICAGO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADMCYTCQHYJY6YMEOLL0WD0Q2K
    Media URN:
    VLVADMCYTCQHYJY6YMEOLL0WD0Q2K
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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