Who are the Nazi War Diggers?
Now four men – the War Diggers - are scouring Eastern Europe in a battered Soviet era jeep, armed with metal detectors, shovels and sheer grit. Their mission is to uncover these forgotten battlefields and the buried stories in them. This is a race against time to get the history from the ground before it’s lost forever.
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Conflict Antiquities has a long list of unanswered "urgent ethical and legal questions".
The Anonymous Swiss Collector has a response from National Geographic
[opens as word document], but questions remain.
, anthropologists, and others have not been pleased: the #NaziWarDiggers hashtag
has more responses. [more inside]
NYTimes: "The paleontologist Richard Leakey has called their removal a “sacrilege.”
Kenyan villagers have said their theft led to crop failure and ailing livestock. It is little wonder, then, that the long, slender wooden East African memorial totems known as vigango are creating a spiritual crisis of sorts for American museums." [more inside]