Germany and Poland Fight Over Mozart

by Mike on August 15, 2007

in Culture,Europe

A little brew ha ha has broken out between Germany and Poland over an original copy of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 manuscript and the original manuscript of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Originally owned by Germany, the manuscripts were moved from Berlin to a Polish monastery during World War II by the German Nazi government to protect the treasures from Allied bombing. Unfortunately for the Germans, Poland held on to the manuscripts following their liberation. Now the Germans want the manuscripts back.

My first reaction to this was “finders keepers” but that isn’t entirely accurate. It isn’t as if the Poles stumbled upon the artifacts but that isn’t really important. The Germans should have thought about the loss of their priceless treasures before they embarked on their little er. . . adventure back in the 1940s, you know the most recent of many. After centuries of invading and partitioning Poland, the least the Germans can do is let them keep the manuscripts. Kudos to Poland for not caving. Kocham Polskie!

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