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800yr old medieval crucifix found in a dumpster in Austria

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” An 800-year-old, gold-plated crucifix that went missing after being seized by the Nazis has been found in a rubbish skip in Austria, police said.

The crucifix, made of copper and enamel, was crafted in Limoges, France, and was part of a Polish art collection brought to Austria during Nazi rule, Josef Holzberger, police spokesman in Salzburg, said on Thursday.

It was found in 2004 in the lakeside winter resort of Zell am See by a woman combing through a skip filled with the discarded possessions of a neighbor who had just died.

“The lady had a soft spot for old crockery and was rummaging for plates when she found the crucifix,” said Holzberger. “She asked the deceased’s family, and they said she could have it.”

Last month the woman showed the crucifix to a friend who realized it might be something special and took it to a museum.

In the run-up to World War Two, the owners of the crucifix had hid it and other treasures by walling them inside the basement of a house in Warsaw.”

Original source Yahoo News

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August 17, 2007 - Posted by | random

1 Comment »

  1. Does anyone have any other information on this crucifi if there are any replicas if so how can i obtain one i would appreceiate it very much

    Comment by Laura | October 22, 2007 | Reply


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