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Nazi-Art Hoarder, Germany Cut a Deal

Team will spend a year reviewing nearly half Cornelius Gurlitt's stash

(Newser) - Germany and Cornelius Gurlitt, who made headlines last year when his trove of Nazi-era art was uncovered, have hammered out a deal that could send some of the works back to their rightful owners, the New York Times reports. Under the official agreement announced yesterday, government-selected investigators will, over the... More »

Nazi-Art Hoarder's 2nd Trove Even More 'Significant'

Cornelius Gurlitt's Austrian home includes 60 works from Manet, Monet, Pissarro

(Newser) - If you thought the $1.3 billion in art discovered in 2012 in Cornelius Gurlitt's Munich apartment was impressive, this week's find may top it. Among the 60 or so artworks found in the Austrian home of Gurlitt—son of Nazi-approved art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt—are pieces from... More »

Art Stash Found in Nazi-Art Hoarder's 2nd Home

A rep for Cornelius Gurlitt says they do not appear to have been looted

(Newser) - In November came the news that German tax inspectors investigating an elderly loner in 2012 uncovered a cache of 1,406 works, at least some since confirmed to have been looted by the Nazis, stashed amid expired cans of food in the man's squalid Munich apartment. That man, Cornelius... More »

Actor Maximilan Schell Dead at 83

Won 1961 best actor Oscar

(Newser) - Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in Stanley Kramer's classic Judgment at Nuremberg, has died. He was 83. Schell's agent said he died overnight at a hospital in the... More »

From Melting Glaciers, WWI 'Mummies' Emerge

Retreating ice reveals those who fought in the 'White War' in Italy's Alps

(Newser) - Time calls it "one of the strangest consequences of global warming yet"—glaciers are melting in the Italian Alps and revealing the mummified corpses of soldiers from World War I. Two, for instance, were buried in unmarked graves last year in the village of Peio, reports the... More »

10 Wacky, Cool Ways the World Celebrates Christmas

From a straw goat in Sweden to hiding brooms in Norway

(Newser) - Your Christmas may include fruitcake, gifts, and a tree strung with lights, but the holiday season is celebrated a little differently in other parts of the world. In an article picked up from AccuWeather.com, LiveScience rounds up 10 wacky Christmas traditions you may want to adopt—and some you... More »

'Hitler' Bell Still Rings Hourly

For 80 years, the Austrian government owned a bell glorifying Hitler

(Newser) - For 80 years, a large bell in an ancient castle in the sleepy village of Wolfpassing, Austria, has rung every hour. Charming—except the bell is a monument to Adolf Hitler, complete with a swastika and inscribed with praise for the "unifier and Fuehrer of all Germans." Even... More »

'Worst Floods of All Time' to Wallop Hungary

Record-high water levels hit Central Europe

(Newser) - Hungary is in need of an ark. As the Danube swells, record-high levels of 29 feet are expected, with waters peaking near the Slovakian border tomorrow and in Budapest on Monday. PM Viktor Orban isn't mincing words: He says the nation could see "the worst floods of all... More »

Vienna Philharmonic Was Packed With Nazis in WWII

Investigation reveals details 75 years later

(Newser) - Following accusations that it's kept quiet about its Nazi ties, the Vienna Philharmonic opened itself to a historical investigation. And ahead of tomorrow's 75th anniversary of Austria's Nazi annexation, the results are coming to light: Some 60 of 123 orchestra members belonged to the Nazi party, the... More »

How to View Nude Museum Exhibit? Naked, of Course

More than 60 take nude tour of Vienna show

(Newser) - Vienna's Leopold museum has a hugely popular exhibit called "Nude Men from 1800 to Today," so obviously there was only one thing to do: Host a special tour of the exhibit in which spectators were invited to be naked. More than 60 museum-goers stripped down for the... More »

Today's Good Deed Involves a Bus, Old Lady, and $500K

Vienna driver finds bag filled with fortune, hands it over to police

(Newser) - Today's dispatch from the Good People Still Exist Department: When a bus driver in Vienna got to the end of his route, he discovered a bag left behind—that just so happened to contain a small fortune, reports Reuters . "At first I thought it was shopping or medicine,... More »

Dogs Can Smell Lung Cancer

Scientists hope to build 'electronic nose'

(Newser) - Dogs are lung cancer detection experts, a study finds. They "have no problem identifying tumor patients," says a researcher in Austria, and that could lead to earlier diagnoses. Dogs who smelled 120 breath samples were able to sniff out cancer 70% of the time, a very "encouraging"... More »

No More Cowbell: Austria Court Bans Noisy Clangers

Judge sympathizes with neighbors losing sleep

(Newser) - More cowbell is no longer an option in a small Austrian town. A judge has ordered a farmer near the small town of Stallhofen to remove the noisy apparatuses from his cattle because neighbors were losing sleep, reports Der Spiegel . The farmer had refused their pleas, claiming the bells... More »

Cops Nab Thieves —With 9.5 Tons of Garlic

Romania stash worth an estimated $37.5K

(Newser) - It's a heist that didn't exactly require sniffing dogs: Austrian police stopped three overloaded and sagging vans about to cross into Hungary from Austria today and found them packed to the roof with allegedly stolen garlic—about 9.5 tons of the pungent cargo. After questioning the five... More »

Tortoises Break Up —After a Century Together

Bibi finally got sick of Poldi

(Newser) - They were together as a couple for more than a century until out of the blue, Bibi and Poldi—two giant Galápagos tortoises who live in an Austrian zoo—broke off their relationship. The split was anything but cordial, reports Der Spiegel . A belligerent Bibi bit off part of... More »

Vienna Buries Last Nazi Victims

Final known unburied remains put to rest

(Newser) - They were starved, tortured, and killed because they were considered inferior to the Aryan ideal set by Adolf Hitler. Then their organs were put in jars and displayed for research by the doctors accused of causing their deaths under the Nazis. But yesterday they were finally buried, shutting the books... More »

Libya's Ex-Oil Minister Found Floating Down Danube River

Shukri Ghanem's body shows no signs of violence: police

(Newser) - Libya's former oil minister, who defected during the height of his country's uprising, was found floating dead down the Danube river in Austria today. Shukri Ghanem's body showed no signs of violence, although "there would be no signs of violence if someone pushed him in,"... More »

Pope Slams 'Radical' Austrian Priests

The Lord doesn't approve of women priests, says Benedict

(Newser) - Pope Benedict has ripped into a dissident group of Austrian priests for questioning some church teachings and advocating for married and female priests. He accused the group—known as the Pfarrer Initiative—of "a desperate push to do something to change the church in accordance with one's own... More »

Tombstone of Hitler's Parents Comes Down

Austrian site had become shrine for neo-Nazis

(Newser) - Neo-Nazis have lost a familiar haunting ground: The tombstone identifying the burial site of Hitler's parents, Alois and Klara, has been removed from an Austrian cemetery, reports AP . The marker was taken away at the request of a relative, in part because it had become a shrine for extremists.... More »

McRib Too Healthy for You? Try the McRibster

It's a McRib deep-fried and topped with cheese ... and bacon

(Newser) - Everyone knows the McRib is awesome, inspiring obsessed devotees to drive 10 hours for a taste . But what would be awesomer? How about breading the "rib" meat, deep-frying it, topping it with cheese, throwing on some "spicy-sweet chili sauce" and honey mustard, and then, because that's not... More »

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