Canada: The Affair of the Absconded Art

The treasure chests were sneaked out of Poland under the noses of the Nazis in 1939 and sent to Canada by the Government. The 34 cases were crammed with antiques: jeweled goblets, original Chopin manuscripts, Poland's storied coronation sword, Szczerbiec. Their intrinsic value was in the millions, their historic value above price. In Canada they were carefully stored: 24 cases with the Redemptorist Fathers at the Shrine of Ste. Anne de Beaupré, eight with the sisters of the Precious Blood convent in Ottawa, two in the vaults of the Bank of Montreal in...

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