Rembrandt's masterpiece 'The Night Watch' will be restored inside glass cabinet at Amsterdam gallery

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Rembrandt's'The Night Watch' will undergo a one year long, multi-million-pound restoration - all carried out in front of visitors to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. The unique project, starting in July 2019, will let art lovers see behind the normally secretive process at the famous Dutch museum. The 17th Century masterpiece by the Dutch artist will be encased in a specially made glass chamber, where the restoration will be carried out. Repair in progress: Rembrandt's The Night Watch, one of the world's most famous paintings, is to be restored to its former glory live in front of a museum audience The huge Golden Age masterpiece will first undergo a thorough varnish-to-canvas examination using a precise microscope and other modern techniques, Rijksmusem general director Taco Dibbits said. 'The Night Watch by Rembrandt is one of the most famous paintings in the world and we feel we have to preserve it for future generations,' Rijksmuseum General Director Taco Dibbits told AFP. 'Over two million people a year come to see The Night Watch, it's a painting that everybody loves, and we feel that the world has the right to see what we will do with it.'


Historian explores 'Adolf Island' in doc, claims she faced 'hostility' in isle that housed concentration camps

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Caroline Sturdy Colls believes the number of deaths on the British island of Alderney during World War II is almost double to what was previously thought due to hidden unmarked graves. The professor, who specializes in the forensic investigation of Nazi crime scenes, chronicled her investigation in a new documentary for the Smithsonian Channel titled "Adolf Island," which aims to examine the horrific events. According to the show, only 389 bodies have ever been found. However, Colls told Fox News her "conservative estimate" is "around 700 people." The BBC previously reported Alderney was once home to several labor camps, as well as a concentration camp called Lager Sylt, which housed thousands of slave labors between 1940 to 1945.


Enormous 'Pulse of Death' in Holocaust was worse than feared, researchers find

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Nazi Germany's eradication of European Jews during the Holocaust, one of humanity's most despicable campaigns of violence, featured a much more ruthlessly efficient "kill rate" than previously understood -- according to new research. During the Holocaust, millions of Jews, along with members of different ethnic groups, gay men, Soviet prisoners of war, and others, were systematically murdered at concentration camps including Auschwitz, Treblinka and Belzec. They arrived at the death camps primarily by train and countless people died inside the cramped boxcars. "Even though the Holocaust is one of the best-documented genocides in a historical sense, there is surprisingly little quantitative data available," explains biomathematician Lewi Stone from Tel Aviv University in Israel. "Because the Nazis destroyed nearly all records of the massacre, it is important to try to uncover what actually happened at the time."


Auschwitz historians painstakingly work to preserve personal belongings of the victims to keep 'memory of their owners alive'

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Survivors and dignitaries are assembling Sunday at Auschwitz-Birkenau to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp where more than one million prisoners, mostly Jews, were murdered. The number of survivors is shrinking each year, resulting in fewer personal testimonials. "Soon we will no longer have people talking about their experiences," said Pawel Sawicki, press officer for the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. That's why the physical evidence becomes increasingly important. Suitcases of Jews deported by the Germans to Auschwitz.


Decades after Holocaust, Poles still struggle with role

The Japan Times

WARSAW – Seventy-three years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau -- the infamous Nazi death camp that has come to symbolize the Holocaust -- Poles are still struggling to understand their own role in Germany's wartime genocide of European Jews on Polish soil.