Dr. Hawass' Question
“They think we will be like the Raiders of the Lost Ark, that we will take it and not return it,” said Mr Hawass, who has been a vociferous champion for the permanent return of Egyptian artefacts.
Part of the German family?
The bust, [Dietrich Wildung, head of the Egyptian Museum], says, has become globally famous in a way that it would not have had it stayed in Egypt. “Nefertiti has become an outstanding example of how the foreign can be integrated into society,” Dr Wildung says. “She is accepted, not assimilated. She keeps her separateness and her uniqueness, yet she belongs here.”
And the Germans raised another reason why they just could not allow the bust of Nefertiti to be sent to Egypt for a short vacation in her homeland:
|Angela (Iron Lady) Merkel with Nefertiti Bust|
The Nefertiti Standoff
Our view - Set Her Free
|James Simon - backer of Ludwig Borchardt who found Nefertiti Bust|
|Berlin flack tower - home of Nefertiti bust in 1941|