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Germany: Paintings belonging to Adolf Hitler auctioned

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Auction of furniture owned by Hitler. Source: Creative Commons

Five pictures said to have been painted by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler have failed to sell at auction in Germany. Starting prices ranged from €19,000 to €45,000.

It is a controversial auction because of the identity of the works’ alleged author and the doubts raised about their authenticity.
Attributed to Adolf Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945, the paintings were put on sale this Saturday in Germany. The five tables represent bucolic landscapes.

They were on sale at the Weidler House in Nuremberg. Ulrich Maly, mayor of the city which was a high-ranking city of the regime, denounced in the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung an event of «bad taste».

In addition to the five paintings, the sale offered a wicker chair, a Meissen porcelain vase representing the anchor of the German navy, and a tablecloth.

Doubts about the authenticity of the paintings

All the pieces were seized because of doubts about their authenticity despite the signatures “A. H.” or “A. Hitler”. The sales house, which explains that the objects come from 23 owners, denies any irregularity and ensures cooperation with the authorities. The prosecutor in charge of the file explains that some pieces of art were accompanied by certificates of authenticity but that they could also have been altered.

Hitler’s paintings remain difficult to authentify due to lack of accurate catalogues and the mediocrity of the works of the one who failed to enter the Vienna Academy of Arts. As for the graphological study of the signature, it remains an insufficient method.

 

Leïla Lopes, IEJ2C

For the first time ever, Barbie wears the hijab

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The first hijab-wearing Barbie doll has been launched! She was inspired by the American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who wore the Islamic headscarf while competing at the Olympics. 

It is a new start for the brand Mattel, especially famous for its Barbie doll. Often criticized for being overly sexualized or not representative enough of all women, Barbie is now ready to change. Indeed, for the first time ever, she is wearing the hijab! American fencer, Ibtihaj Muhammad, who served as a model for the doll, won a bronze medal last year, in Rio. She wore the headscarf whilst competing at the Olympics, which gave Mattel the idea to create the new Barbie in her honor.

The Olympic competitor declared it was a “childhood dream come true”, as she tweeted. She also said she hoped the doll would inspire girls “to embrace what makes them unique,” BBC News reported. The creation of this new Barbie delivers a strong and powerful message for Muslim girls. Indeed, Ibtihaj explained : “Today I’m proud to know that little girls who wear hijab and, just as powerfully, those who don’t can play with a Barbie who chooses to wear a headscarf.”

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It is definitely a real achievement for Muslim women all around the world, but also for Ibtihaj, who feels proud of what she accomplished. “When I think about my own journey,” she started, “me being a Muslim girl involved in the sport of fencing, there were people who made me feel like I didn’t belong.” She also proudly added : “For all those people who didn’t believe in me, this Barbie doll is for you.”

Tiphanie Bénard, IEJ 2B

Macron: Hectic visit in Guiana

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This Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in French Guiana, to announce measures against insecurity and illegal immigration. A perilous mission, 6 months after the social movement that had agitated this French territory. As such, the arrival of the French president took place in a hostile climate. Indeed, many opponents fought against the police. These clashes were especially due to a declaration of the French leader who said “I am not the Father Christmas” to Guiana’s population who is angry about the promises of the former French government who had to help them with the emergency plan. Indeed, former French president Francois Hollande promised 2.1 billion to Guiana to help them, but for the moment, they only received 1 billion.                                                  

Guianese protesters expect from Emmanuel Macron to respect his words, reminding that, during his political campaign, he said: “I will respect Guiana agreements, and I will go even further”. The collective Pou Laguiyann ​​Dekole, who sent Monday a letter to the president to encourage him to consider the territory as “a top priority,” also asked to be received by him.

All the territory is still waiting for more financial aid from the French government.

 

Florent Druon, IEJ 1D

Women in Iceland leave work at 2:38 PM

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Women demonstrated in the streets of Reykjavik in order to protest against the unequality in salaries. Indeed they earn on average 14% less than men on the island.

Women in Iceland are encouraged by unions and organizations (like ASI : Irish labor confederation) to walk out of their workplaces at 2:38 pm today. In fact,  women protest against their conditions at work : they work the same hours as men, but they don’t have the same pay. The schedule of 2:38 was chosen after a calculation based on an eight-hour day of work. From this precise time, women would no longer be paid in Iceland while men continue to be so until 5:oo PM. United in Reykjavík, the demonstrators started in Austurvöllur square.

A fight for many years

But the fight for equal pay is nowhere near over: an estimate was made, showing that 52 years are needed to complete equality between man and woman. And is not the first time that women are out for this reason: it was the case in 2005 at 2:08 PM and in 2008 at 2:25 PM.The date of 24 October was not chosen by chance either, it refers to the strike of 24 October 1975.  At the time, 90% of women had left their posts. Since then, that date is know in Icelandic history known as “Kvennafrídagurinn”, or  the “women’s day off.”

Gylfi Arnbjörnsson, president of ASÍ, the Icelandic Confederation of Labor, told RÚV today that for 60 years, it has been illegal in Iceland to discriminate based on gender. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a gender pay gap or any other pay gap. It’s just unacceptable to say we’ll correct this in 50 years. That’s a lifetime.” A battle far from over …

 

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an empty office

 

Marine Sabourin, IEJ 1D