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Polish Family Seeks Return Of Old Royal Palace

The heirs of Polish aristocrats are campaigning for the return of the Wilanow Palace, which was seized by communists in WW2.

The Branicki family says it has now decided to demand the return of the entire estate at Wilanow Palace, not just family heirlooms and archives as previously planned, due to frustration over lack of progress in a legal battle dating back to 1990.

The baroque palace of Wilanow, situated in a rolling green park in a southern suburb of Warsaw and now a museum, has been dubbed “the Polish Versailles.” It was built in the late 17th century by the Polish king Jan III Sobieski.

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  1. I am of two minds here. But in the end, I believe these claims have to be assigned to the past. Let possession be 9/10ths of the law. So much was taken by the communists, the Nazis, the Turks, the Mongols, should Rome lay claim to art their ancestors art they stole from the Greeks? Should Greeks lay claim to art taken in the course of their conquests? Enough. Loss is part of the human condition, let’s learn to live with it.

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