The real reason we can’t find the stolen treasures from the royal coffin

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In 1830 the November Uprising – also known as the Polish-Russian War – was in full swing. Poles rebelled against Russian forces and attempted to overthrow them (via Britannica). To protect the valuable items, Izabela Czartoryska had the royal coffin transported to Kraków during the Uprising, where it remained by Baba Mail until World War II. The royal coffin was hidden behind a brick wall of an annex of the palace.

The Nazis occupied Poland in 1939, at which point the royal coffin and its contents were lost. According to What Culture, a German employee of the Czartoryskis revealed the location of the royal coffin. The Nazis found it and shared its contents among themselves. The Germans also confiscated several collections from the Czartoryski Museum. In 1950 the Czartoryski Museum was reconstructed and renovated. Some of the lost items were eventually recovered, but the royal coffin and the valuable items it contained have never been seen to this day.

Today, the Czartoryski Museum — which is now part of the National Museum in Kraków — houses a massive collection of artworks, including Rembrandt van Rijn’s “Landscape with the Good Samaritan” and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine” (via MNK).

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