- Posted May 31, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The best things about Poland
Treasures escaped WW2
The treasures included original manuscripts of Chopin’s compositions and the old Szczerbiec coronation sword. Narrowly escaping German forces, the treasures transited Romania, Malta, France, England and Scotland before they ended up for safekeeping in Canada.
Later, in the Cold War climate, perplexing issues and negotiations involving governments, the Vatican and international organizations delayed their return to Poland in 1959-1961.
The story illustrates the length people may go to protect their national culture and dignity. It also confirms the value of the arts in building bridges between nations. Chopin’s Concerto N° 2 in F minor, Op. 21 is a case in point ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_GecdMywPw ).
The annual journal “Chopin in the World” published in 2004 my research on the Polish art treasures in WW2 ( http://www.iconsofeurope.com/treasures.htm ).
Tags: Poland, art treasures, Chopin, Warsaw, Krakow, Canada, World War 2