GERMANY: A Ransom for Booty

GERMANY: A Ransom for Booty

If plunder is the price of defeat in war, what price recovery of the booty? An answer came last week in the controversial case of an American who "liberated" a cache of art treasures from the medieval town of Quedlinburg, where they were hidden by the SS at the end of World War II. The pieces, which include rare manuscripts and a reliquary reputed to contain a lock of hair from the head of the Virgin Mary, ended up back in G.I. Joe Meador's home in Whitewright, Texas. There they remained unnoticed until after Meador's death in 1980, when his heirs...

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