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Torture Museum in Amsterdam   Leave a comment

http://www.amsterdam.info/museums/torture-museum/

First you enter a dark corridor in a theater like décor, and then several small and equally dark rooms follow. The Torture Museum endeavors to document the history of the human cruelty – Scaring the hell out of you… is their publicity tagline. Do not worry; you will not see any of the modern wars here. The exhibition presents mainly old prints enlargements, shown on light boxes. The quality of these images as well as the appearance of the whole presentation is quite imperfect. Luckily – because it softens its impact on a visitor.

All the museum information has been typed on small yellow sheets paper in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The museum’s small spaces are been badly lit, probably to hide the walls, made from poorly painted multiplex. The result is that the real asset of the museum – several mediaeval torture instruments and one rusty guillotine are hardly visible and remain hidden in the darkness.

 

Posted December 14, 2010 by dmacc502 in global, History

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New online database lists Nazi loot for repatriation – Americas, World – The Independent   Leave a comment

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New online database lists Nazi loot for repatriation – Americas, World – The Independent.

via New online database lists Nazi loot for repatriation – Americas, World – The Independent.In this April 12, 1945 photo released by the U.S. National Archives, U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, accompanied by Gen. Omar N. Bradley, left, and Lt. George S. Patton, Jr., inspects art treasures stolen by Germans in a salt mine in Merkers, Germany. Holocaust survivors and their relatives, as well as art collectors and museums, cango online beginning Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 to search a historical database of more than 20,000 art objects stolen in German-occupied France and Belgium from 1940 to 1944.

In this May 13, 1945 photo released by the U.S. National Archives, “The Graces in the Gardens of the Hesperides” by Peter Paul Rubens painting taken by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), is shown. Holocaust survivors and their relatives, as well as art collectors and museums, can go online beginning Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 to search a historical database of more than 20,000 art objects stolen in German-occupied France and Belgium from 1940 to 1944.

In this April 24, 1945 photo released by the U.S. National Archives, an American soldier stands among German loot stored in a church at Elligen, Germany. Holocaust survivors and their relatives, as well as art collectors and museums, can go online beginning Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 to search a historical database of more than 20,000 art objects stolen in German-occupied France and Belgium from 1940 to 1944.