As the town of Quedlinburg, Germany was besieged, people fled, hiding their precious belongings in remote places. U.S. soldiers occupied the city, and just when the situation seemed to be stabilizing, one of the greatest art thefts of the twentieth century occurred. Joe Tom Meador, a 29-year old American soldier stationed in Germany, stole the Quedlinburg “treasures,” a series of medieval art pieces hidden in a cave outside the town. The theft remained unsolved for 45 years.1 Over that span of time, debate over cultural property increased, sparked by World War II looting.
Flint, Ellen, "Taken: The Theft and Recovery of the Quedlinburg Treasures and Surrounding Legal Issues" (2013). History Class Publications. 39.