Coat of Arms of Death now on display as part of Nazi-looted trove recovered from Hitler’s Führer Museum

National Post

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As the granddaughter of the Baron and Baroness Alphonse and Clarice de Rothschild of the banking and collecting dynasty, Bettina Burr recalls being mesmerized by one of the couple’s storied paintings.

The work, by the English portraitist George Romney, showed his muse, identified as a coquettish young Emma Hart – who was better known as Lady Hamilton, the mistress of Lord Nelson – dressed in frills and wearing a jaunty hat.

“I remember stopping and just staring,” Burr said. “She has so much allure, you couldn’t help but ogle her.”

The painting, confiscated by the Nazis in 1938 along with some 3,500 other treasures from the family’s palaces, was discovered in Austria’s salt mines by Allied forces after the war.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Returned to the Rothschild family in 1947, it is among 186 pieces of jewelry, jeweled boxes, furniture, prints, drawings, miniatures, paintings and rare…

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White House summit on ISIL discusses Canadian mom’s project

National Post

The efforts of a grieving Canadian mother were highlighted at a White House summit this week as an example of how to turn the tide in the online war against ISIL.

According to some participants at the three-day summit on countering violent extremism, it’s been a lopsided fight. They say the terror group has dominated on the battlefield of modern media.

Its gory videos keep surfacing on websites, its online magazines invite youth to the jihadist cause, and its hackers even temporarily seized the social-media accounts of U.S. government and military agencies.

One presenter pointed out a rare response to that online onslaught of jihadist propaganda: Christianne Boudreau’s participation in a video about the death of her son in Syria.

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The young man from Calgary was one of an estimated 20,000 people from 100 countries who went to fight with ISIL. In a speech earlier Wednesday, President Barack…

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Missing Toronto toddler Elijah found, condition unknown

Global News

TORONTO – Police have located a 3-year-old boy reported missing this morning from west-end Toronto.

Police say the toddler was found at 91 Baycrest about three hours after he was reported missing by family members. His current condition is unknown.

Authorities say he was staying with family members at an apartment building located at 145 Neptune Drive near Bathurst Street and Highway 401 where he was initially reported missing.

Police say the boy was put to bed around 9 p.m. and the family reported him missing at 7:30 a.m.

Investigators say security footage showed the child leaving the building lobby alone just after 4 a.m.

A family friend told reporters the child was staying at his grandmother’s apartment unit and that his actual residence is a 15-20 minute drive away.

“He’s a happy kid. We can’t…

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Oliver Sacks: “now I am face to face with dying”

Mind Hacks

In a moving and defiant article for the The New York Times, neurologist Oliver Sacks has announced he has terminal cancer.

Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.

On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.

This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world. But there will be time, too, for some fun (and even some silliness, as well).

The whole piece is a reflection on…

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