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Germany wants “Graf Spee” Nazi eagle displayed in a museum

Wednesday, March 10th 2010 - 00:42 UTC
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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called Tuesday for wreckage from a Nazi-era warship recovered off the coast of Uruguay to be displayed in a museum rather than auctioned to the public. Read full article

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  • Argie

    The Germany that lost the war is not the same that bears that name now. I can't see why is it then that the German government became so interested in keeping this piece of salvage now that is has been brought to land but did not move a finger after all these years to retrieve it. If the 'eagle' has a proper owner (certainly not Germany), whoever it may be, his/her/its rights include sending the piece to public auction, and if the current German government wants it that badly, it should pay for it as much as it can to have it for their museum. In my humble opinion, there is no question of countries' friendship or other traps that the powerful Germans may set to lay their hands for free on the Graf Spee's Nazionalsocialistisches Adler.

    Mar 10th, 2010 - 03:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • globetrotter

    German law prohibits the public display of all / any nazi memorabilia / symbols. Technically speaking, such an item from the Graf Spee could not be placed in any museum for public display and, as Argie 1 points out above, why the interest now? Put the thing on auction and let the highest bidder reap the reward or, alternatively, present it to the residents of Villa Gral. Belgrano since, there is more memorabilia displayed on shop fronts in the highstreet than in any German museum.

    Mar 10th, 2010 - 04:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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