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“Returning” relics is never simple

The refusal to give up stolen artefacts seems even stranger when you consider that there is one set of objects that everyone agrees should be returned: anything seized by the Third Reich. In 2009, parliament passed the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act, which forms the basis of the Indian plaintiffs’ case. It seems there is one law for Nazi loot and another – or rather none at all – for the colonial variety.

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