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Wed Oct 21, 2020, 12:46 AM

Berlin: vandalism of museum artefacts 'linked to conspiracy theorists'

Source: The Guardian

Berlin: vandalism of museum artefacts 'linked to conspiracy theorists'

Use of oily substance across three galleries reportedly related to claims they are centre of ‘global satanism’

Philip Oltermann in Berlin
@philipoltermann
Tue 20 Oct 2020 22.28 BST

At least 70 artworks and ancient artefacts across three galleries on Berlin’s museum island were vandalised with an oily substance earlier this month, German media has reported.

Objects including Egyptian sarcophagi, stone sculptures and 19th-century paintings held at the Pergamon Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Neues Museum sustained visible damage during the attack on 3 October, according to reports in the weekly Die Zeit and broadcaster Deutschlandfunk on Tuesday.

News of the attack was kept from the public for more than two weeks.

The Prussian Heritage Foundation, which oversees the museum island collections, reportedly confirmed that objects in the exhibitions had sustained damage. Police in the German capital said they had launched an investigation but would not comment on a motive behind the attack.

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But German media have linked the museum island attack to conspiracy theories pushed through social media channels by prominent coronavirus deniers in recent months.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/21/berlin-vandalism-of-museum-artefacts-linked-to-conspiracy-theorists

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Eugene Oct 21 OP
Bernardo de La Paz Oct 21 #1
Liberal In Texas Oct 21 #2
hatrack Oct 21 #3
Liberal In Texas Oct 21 #4
sinkingfeeling Oct 21 #5

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Oct 21, 2020, 05:58 AM

1. OK, thanks, got the title. But what is the conspiracy theory & what is the link to artefacts?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Oct 21, 2020, 06:45 AM

2. The Pergamon Museum is supposedly the centre of the 'global satanism scene'

because it holds a reconstruction of the ancient Greek Pergamon Altar.

Attila Hildmann, a former vegan celebrity chef who has become one of Germany’s best-known proponents of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, posted messages on Telegram in August and September in which he suggested that the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, was using the altar for “human sacrifices”.

On Tuesday night Hildmann, who has over 100,000 followers on his public Telegram channel, posted a link to the Deutschlandfunk article with the words: “Fact! It is the throne of Baal (Satan).”

(As Paul Harvey used to say, "Now you know the rest of the story." )

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 21, 2020, 06:52 AM

3. I had somehow hoped the Crazed Bullshit didn't speak German . . .

Wrong again.

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Response to hatrack (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 21, 2020, 08:12 AM

4. The crazy knows no borders. n/t

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Oct 21, 2020, 09:20 AM

5. How will the world ever recover from the mindless crap being

spread globally?

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