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6 months ago

Barbara R. Cochran, MFA  See profile asked this question:

Language pair:

French > English

Subject:

General

Level of diffculty:

Easy / medium

Word or term in question:

l'activite ne s’en soit pas tenue au symbole

Context:

Non seulement nos œuvres d’art étaient sous la protection des vainqueurs, mais, avec elles, se trouvait saisie toute la documenta tion qui en permettrait ultérieurement la restitution. Des fichiers, des inventaires avaient été repérés à Füssen et à Kögl et aussi dans le château du baron Kurt von Behr, le Schloss Benz, situé au nord de Bamberg dans la petite ville de Lichterfeld.
Ces dernières archives furent remises par le baron lui-même aux autorités américaines avant qu’il ne se suicidât avec sa femme. Son ultime geste de dandy fut de boire le poison dans du champagne au millésime de 1918 ! Un choix délicatement accordé à sa défaite… Quel dommage que l’activité de von Behr ne s’en soit pas tenue au symbole !

 

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6 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

It's a shame that Von Behr did not limit his activity to such symbolic gestures.

My comment:

(ie he would have been a better person if he had lived his life accomplishing purely symbolic gestures instead of stealing art from the Jews).

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6 months ago

Charles Ferguson  See profile wrote:

the gesture added no prestige to the parable

My comment:

instinctive interpretation

6 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

Too bad that Behr's solution did not follow the (given) template!

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6 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

OR ... that Behr's solution did not even follow the historical precedent as already known!

6 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

... for HE himself has only capitulated to himself and didn't surrender!