Berlin senator: Returning looted items not simply ‘symbolic gesture’

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The return of art objects looted in the colonial era to their original owners must not, in the view of Berlin’s Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer, become a “question of selling indulgences.” “It is not a question of returning individual selected collector’s items with a grand symbolic gesture and then simply ticking off that box,” the left-wing politician told dpa. “2022 will be a milestone in this process with the restitution of part of the Benin bronzes” but the process must continue, he said. About 1,100 of the ornate bronzes from the palace of the then Kingdom of Benin, which today belongs…

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