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Ceremony Marking the Return to Germany of Two Objects Taken at the End of World War II


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 21, 2010

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The Department of State will be hosting a ceremony on January 22 marking the return to Germany of two objects of historical interest taken by members of the U.S. Armed Forces at the end of World War II. One object relates to the paintings designated for the museum that Hitler planned to establish in Linz, Austria, and the other is a genealogical volume of considerable historical importance.

The ceremony will commence at 3:15 PM in the Delegates Lounge. Participants will include Ambassador Klaus Scharioth, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States; Dr. Heribert Rech, Minister of the Interior for the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg; Robert M. Edsel of the Monuments Men Foundation; and Ambassador J. Christian Kennedy, the Department’s Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues. The event is open to the press.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver's license or passport).

Pre-set time for cameras: 2:45 PM from 23rd Street Entrance.
Final access time for writers and still photographers: 3:00 PM from 23rd Street Entrance.

PRESS CONTACTS:

Ben Ellis
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-8602
EllisBH@state.gov

Office of Press Relations,
U.S. Department of State:
(202) 647-2492

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PRN: 2010/089

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