There is a deep, unhealed historical wound in the UK’s relations with China – a wound that most British people know nothing about, but which causes China great pain. It stems from the destruction in 1860 of the country’s most beautiful palace. It’s been described as China’s ground zero – a place that tells a […]Read more "The palace of shame that makes China angry"
Today marks an important and symbolic anniversary in European and global history: 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet army. Death, war and destruction have been a constant of human history; but the attempt to exterminate an entire people systematically demonstrated new levels of human-orchestrated horrors in the 20th century. The message […]Read more "Seventieth Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz"
Italy is celebrating the greatest single recovery of its looted cultural patrimony after 5,361 ancient artifacts stolen by Italian and Swiss criminals were displayed by authorities in Rome, following a complex, 14-year criminal investigation. The precious haul, said to be worth more than €50m (£38m), contains objects dating from the eighth century BC to the […]Read more "Italy celebrates as 5,000 plundered artefacts worth €50m are returned"
The design on the Bronze Age disc might look like a six-year-old’s scribbles, but in reality, it’s one of the most sophisticated and influential artifacts of the Bronze Age. And it might never have been discovered if not for a couple of illegal treasure hunters who dug it up and sold it on the black market. […]Read more "Incredible discovery of the oldest depiction of the universe"
The Polish FM’s statement that it was the Ukrainians who liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp has puzzled Moscow. Russia’s UN envoy remarked that the Soviet Army, which liberated the camp, was actually multinational. “The 1st Ukrainian front and Ukrainians liberated [the concentration camp], as on that January day there were Ukrainian soldiers, so they opened […]Read more "Rewriting history? Polish FM says Ukrainians liberated Auschwitz, Russia puzzled"
In the 19th century, piano makers competed to make special instruments for Hungarian virtuoso Franz Liszt, the world’s first piano superstar. Now Hungary is returning the favour with a space-age piano named for its creator, pianist Gergely Boganyi. “The Boganyi,” unveiled on Tuesday, has two legs, uses carbon composite as well as wood and employs wild curves […]Read more "Hungarian space-age piano will enrich instrument’s history"
The interior of Sarajevo’s Presidency building would make any historian wince. Not the decor itself – but the charred papers, piled against the walls. This display of damaged documents stretches away down the ground floor corridors of the building, leaving dark smears on the white paint, leading to a heap of burned books, boxes and manuscripts […]Read more "Saving Bosnia’s past from the ashes"