PROTECTING THE WORLD'S CULTURAL HERITAGE

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Description: Among the casualties were the valuable items of cultural heritage held in such places as the Iraq Museum, National Library, National Archives and the Religious Library - all located in Baghdad. The most famous example was the Taliban's destruction of the two colossal stone Buddhas of Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan on March 9 2001 (six months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States). (See also Art Note, p. 214) Others have taken items simply for their own private sale for profit or simply for private collection as souvenirs of the campaign.131 Several valuable German manuscripts were stolen by Allied soldiers in the last months of the war and some have been bought back by the German government.\n In 1948 the Dutch Government called on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to resume the task.
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