There is a very interesting book written by a Mexican journalist called Salvador Borrego about WWII, whose title would translate: World Defeat (Derrota Mundial). In it, he explains how the Americans and the British won a war against themselves.
On February 1 1945, Poland’s General Anders reproached Winston Churchill for not adhering to the English guarantees (to defend Poland’s independence). He asked the unelected British Prime Minister. ‘What shall we say to our soldiers? Soviet Russia is now confiscating half of our territory and wants the remaining part of Poland to be managed according to her own fashion. We know from experience where that leads.’
The Soviet system built its reputation on all for one and one for all. This seems to be a euphemism for what’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine.
Italian police found in Naples a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Savior of the World (“Salvator Mundi”) , which is the most expensive painting in the world. This was reported on January 19 by CNN.
The works of art which were confiscated, stolen, or burnt on Polish territory between 1939 and 1945 number hundreds of thousands. Here, we haven’t written about those which were destroyed and lost forever, but instead focus on the ones which still exist somewhere, and remain to be found.
At official functions, European royalty can often be seen wearing tiaras that resemble an old Russian headdress called the kokoshnik. In Russia, empresses and grand duchesses wore this kind of tiara beginning from Catherine the Great’s rule during the second half of the 18th century. Outside of Russia, the fashion for the tiare russe developed thanks to Queen Alexandra, the wife of King Edward VII and sister of the Russian Empress Maria Feodorovna, wife of Alexander III. Some of those tiaras still include the word “kokoshnik” in their official names, although they never actually belonged to any members of the Russian royal family
BUOYED BY AMERICAN AID the USSR was assured of victory over the Third Reich. As early as February 1943, the Soviets established the Trophy Brigades. Their purpose was to join in the ransacking and share with the Allies the spoils of war.
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: For several centuries, Khreshchatyk, the Central Boulevard and main square of Kyiv (Kiev), capital city of Ukraine was considered the heart of Kyiv. During World War II, this magnificent boulevard equal to similar in Paris, and the streets adjacent to it was completely destroyed, yet few people know about the devastation.
Once, while at the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome, I tried to give lectures, but one woman constantly blinded me with a camera flash, which prevented me from concentrating on my notes. I said that while I was working, they should stop working, because of the division of labour. The woman turned off her camera but clearly felt pained.
Moscow subway users are so used to the splendors of the “world’s largest underground museum” that they have become blind to them. Yet the ceilings and walls of its stations and vestibules conceal some truly incredible works of applied art.