Wherein the origins of a diplomatic gift from Nazi Germany to Japan are brought into question, causing much grief to a certain violinist… full story at the New York Times:

Much is documented — if little remembered — about Goebbels’s gift on Feb. 22, 1943. But the origins of the violin itself remain a mystery. Was it confiscated property, one of thousands of musical instruments plundered by the Nazis, or otherwise obtained under duress from those persecuted during the Nazi era?

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