On October 3, the 30th anniversary of German reunification, the Berlin Museum Island was hit by the biggest blow to art in Germany since World War II.
Unknown figures struck the Pergamon Museum on the Museum Island, the Alte Nationalgallerie and the Neues Museum. There are five museums on the island.
The authors were vandalized by more than 70 works of art, including an Egyptian sarcophagus, stone sculptures and paintings. The authors sprayed an oily liquid into the works.
The extent of the damage is unknown
The attack was only reported on Tuesday night, two weeks after it happened. According to police, the attack was not previously publicized for investigative reasons. The author or authors are still on the run, and there is no information about the possible motive, or at least it has not been made public.
It is unclear, for example, how the authors avoided museum surveillance cameras. The extent of the damage is not yet known, nor is whether the oil permanently damaged the works.
The German media has linked the attack to conspiracy theories that have been gutted by social media epidemic deniers in recent months. According to one such theory, the Pergamon Museum is the scene of global Satanism and the center of coronary criminals.
The Museum Island in the Mitte district of Berlin is one of the main attractions of the German capital. However, the island’s security measures have been criticized for some time. For example, in March 2017, a group of criminals managed to take 100 kilos of gold coins worth € 3.75 million from a museum on the island.
Lähet: Bild, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Guardian