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2020-10-23T10:49:09.803Z

The incident took place on the occasion of the unification of Germany on the museum island in the country's capital, and the identity of the perpetrator is unknown, but local police believe it was a lone person. Researchers are having a hard time finding a clue to the motive: "A particular pattern cannot be discerned." Method of action - Applying greasy liquid on the items



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63 works of art have been mysteriously vandalized in museums in Berlin

The incident took place on the occasion of the unification of Germany on the museum island in the country's capital, and the identity of the perpetrator is unknown, but local police believe it was a lone person.

Researchers are having a hard time finding a clue to the motive: "A particular pattern cannot be discerned."

Method of action - Applying greasy liquid on the items

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In the video: Germany: Dozens of works of art from several museums in Berlin were vandalized (Photo: Reuters, Edited by Shaul Adam)

Authorities in Germany announced yesterday (Thursday) that more than 60 works of art and artifacts in some of Berlin's well-known museums have been vandalized.

The exhibits, which contain some antique and valuable items, were smeared with oily liquid by unknown individuals.

The management of the museums, all of which are located on the museum island in the German capital, hope that the alleged damage can be repaired, but the motive remains a mystery.

The expensive and familiar items in museums have remained intact.



The exhibits on Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of Berlin that is considered one of the city's major tourist attractions, were apparently vandalized on October 3 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. any sign or hint may indicate the perpetrator.



Christina Hack, Deputy Director General of state museums of Berlin, said that a total of 63 jobs at the Pergamon Museum, the National gallery and the new museum were destroyed.

She further said that an examination of the events shows that no ideological connection was found between the subjects of the works that were damaged.

"A particular pattern cannot be discerned," she added.

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Items from the Egyptian collection at the new museum in Berlin, this week (Photo: AP)

An item that was vandalized in the new museum is presented to the media, this week (Photo: AP)

"The liquid was oily but not corrosive," said Frederica Seyfried, director of the Egyptian collection at the new museum.

She did not give more specific details about the colorless liquid, she said, due to the continuation of the investigation.



Seyfried added that the damaged works do not include paintings and were not among the known attractions in the complex.

They include treasures like the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate in Babylon and the famous chest of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.



Carsten Paula, a senior prosecutor in Berlin, said more than 3,000 people visited the museum island on October 3 - Germany's unification day, which marks 30 years since the event this year - complicating efforts to locate the suspect.

Most of the tickets for that day were sold through the internet and only 1,400 of them were customized.

Even after hours of watching videos, no record of injury was found.

The new museum in Berlin (Photo: AP)

Police said it was initially decided not to bring the incident to the public's attention, due to "tactical considerations related to the investigation."

On Tuesday evening, the newspaper "Zeit" and the radio station "Deutschespunk" broke the bond of silence.

The next day, police had already summoned visitors to the museum from that day to testify.



"It is not clear how the liquid got to the works," said a senior German prosecutor.

The exhibits selected by the destroyer appear to have been randomly selected, and researchers tend to believe that this is a single operation.

Paula added that despite this, Paula added, researchers do not rule out the possibility that it is more than one person.



He further said that the police are examining "any direction", but will not participate in speculations in the local media, where it was reported that conspiracy theorists may be involved in the action.



There is no indication that this is an "act that speaks for itself," Paula added.

"It's of items that have no clear connection between them."

"We are forced to assume that the motive is in fact completely unclear," he said.

No further details were given about the colorless liquid oil.

Item from the corrupt Egyptian collection, this week (Photo: AP)

He said the incident is not unique, as objects in museums in other countries have been attacked with liquids in recent years.

Officials were unaware of any threats to the museum island and the damage was discovered by the museum staff.



Germany's culture minister Monica Grooters has strongly condemned the damage to the works of art. "There is a justifiable hope that the damage can be repaired," she said, but stressed that Berlin's state museums should provide answers to questions about their security measures.



In March 2017, burglars broke into the Buda Museum on Museum Island, stealing a 100-pound Canadian gold coin known as the "Great Maple Leaf."

Hawk said museum security procedures are being reviewed all the time and officials are considering how to improve them.

However, she said, "100% security for the items basically means that it will be necessary to hide them from the public eye."

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