Egypt Reclaims a Prize

The University of Leipzig is to lose an ancient Egyptian collection which it bought in 1936 from a Jewish professor, Georg Steindorff, a court ruled Thursday.  A court in Berlin decided that the collection must be handed to the Jewish Claims Conference (JCC), as Steindorff had sold it for a value far below its actual worth.  Leipzig university could produce no evidence to counter the charge that Steindorff had been forced to sell his collection under Nazi rule. It had taken the case to court in the hope of keeping the antique objects that the professor had collected on research trips.  Steindorff, who held Leipzig’s Egyptology chair, emigrated from Nazi Germany and died in the US in 1951.

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2 thoughts on “Egypt Reclaims a Prize

  1. arenmaeir 28 May 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Saw the collection last year – quite impressive! Wonder who’se going to get it in the end?


  2. AaronM 30 May 2011 at 1:07 pm

    It doesn’t look like Hawass has much of a case, the laws of the time were followed. He’s not even accusing fraud, like the Nefertiti-bust. That the Leipzig museum is appealing seems silly to me, but there may be local politics at play…



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