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Ronald Lauder challenges Germany’s failure to prioritise art restitution

Updated: Mar 30, 2020

By Alex Stuart

Ronald Lauder, World Jewish Congress President, has publicly criticised Germany’s lack of action on art restitution, following the Nazi looting 73 years ago. In an interview with Welt am Sonntag, he highlights Germany’s failure to make public the contents of national art collections and investigate their origins. Lauder asserts that Germany has the responsibility to ‘do the right thing’, and expresses concerns about recent Neo-Nazi marches in Germany. The statement coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated art, which agreed proactive efforts for restitution. Jean-Philippe Kindler: Germany’s new poetry slam Meister!

The 22-year-old from Düsseldorf beat 200 other slam hopefuls from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to the title at the 22nd year of the competition in Siegen. He performed texts about the Me Too debate and the minimum wage in Germany respectively, receiving top scores across the board. The golden crown of slam was lowered onto his deserving head. Check out his performance of ‘Mindestlohn’ here.

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