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www.archaeologynews.org... refuses to return Nefertiti bust to Egypt
Queen Nefertiti is renowned as one of ancient history's great beauties. She was the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaton - who initiated a new religion which involved worshipping the sun.
Although I agree that "ravaging" archeological sites is bad joo-joo, and it's ideal for the relic to be returned to it's home. I highly doubt that anything Hawass says about the sketchy means by which the artifact made its' way to Germany is true.
“It is no secret that Adolf Hitler was smitten with love for the ancient Egyptian Queen Khenemet Nefertiti Hedjet. In 1933, the Egyptian government made the first of many demands over the decades for Nefertiti's return. Among his many titles Hermann Goering was premier of Prussia (which included Berlin) and, as such, Goering suggested to King Fouad I of Egypt that Nefertiti would soon be back in Cairo in exchange for political alliances between Germany and Egypt.
But Hitler had other plans. Through the ambassador to Egypt, Eberhard von Stohrer, Hitler informed the government that he was an ardent fan of Nefertiti: “I know this famous bust, “the feuhrer wrote. “I have viewed it and marveled at it many times. Nefertiti continually delights me. The bust is a unique masterpiece, an ornament, a true treasure!” This bold cultural usurpation was part of a colonial mindset of the time. Egypt was widely viewed as a birthplace of Western (hence German) civilization.
Hitler boldy claimed Nefertiti had a focal place in his dreams of rebuilding Berlin as Germania. “Do you know what I'm going to do one day? I'm going to build a new Egyptian museum in Berlin,” Hitler went on. “I dream of it. Inside I will build a chamber, crowned by large dome. In the middle, this wonder, Nefertiti, will be enthroned. I will never relinquish the head of the Queen.” ( bold added for emphasis ) SOURCE
Originally posted by 2000 Yards
Well, to be fair, just because a culture used to own something doesn't necessarily mean they have a right to it now. If it suddenly became necessary for everybody to return everything that was taken by force from somewhere back to where it came from, it would be impossible.