Skip to comments.Spat between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin over German treasure
Posted on 06/21/2013 1:21:10 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
A dispute over ancient German treasure looted by Soviet troops at the end of the Second World War has overshadowed a visit by Angela Merkel to Russia.
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Yeah, the Germans are not going to get a lot of sympathy from the rest of the world on that. And Stalin knew it well. As far as he was concerned, they were owed. I can't say I blame him, and defending old, bloodthirsty commies pains me to the core.
She should be careful...he could kill her with that ring.
And when you saw how German minorities acted up in Czechoslovakia and Poland before the war, it certainly made it hard to garner any sympathy for them after they were expelled from those countries after the war.
If ya want to keep your booty, ya got to win the war.
The most accepted theory is that the Red Army destroyed the Amber Room inadvertently in the fires that raged in the seizure of Konigsberg.
True enough. You could say that about just about any European ethnics. I can’t think of any to whom I’d hand a straight-razor, then turn my back. British, maybe, but one can say they’re not really Europe, and one can also say they’re not really British anymore either....
It would seem that the spoils go to the victor. It would be like Israel giving back the Golan Heights as a moral equivalent. No way, no how.
Speaking of which, there's a few European cathedrals that the Catholics would like back.
No, but Schliemann, the German archeologist working the Troy
site circa 1870s, did. Much was shipped to Berlin.
“German minorities acted up in Czechoslovakia and Poland”
Be careful there. Germans were not the minority in all those places, and had been living there just as long as the Poles.
And nobody knows more about looted treasure than the Germans.
Hitler had agent provocateurs in those countries to advocate separation from the host countries.
There were folks living there that had lived there for centuries in Germany. Are you saying folks that lived in Koenigsberg were ‘agents provocateurs?
LOL, I was going to post that while she’s at it she should get the ring back.
Koeningsberg was a part of the Reich before Hitler took over, unlike the Sudetenland and Silesia, which belonged to Czechoslovakia and Poland respectively.
What happened to the Germans in Koenigsberg?
They were expelled of course....look I am not necessarily saying it was fair....but War is Hell, especially when you start one and lose.
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