Stephen Fry: Removing Parthenon sculptures was like Nazis taking the Arc de Triomphe

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Popular British actor and writer Stephen Fry has compared Lord Elgin's removal of the Parthenon sculptures from Greece to Nazi Germany stealing the Arc de Triomphe during the occupation of France.

Speaking on the Australian TV series Stuff the British Stole on Sunday, Fry, a longtime campaigner for the return of the 2,500-year-old treasures currently on display at the British Museum, argued that even if there were "the most scrupulously written document" granting permission to British diplomat Lord Elgin to remove the marbles, "it's like saying 'Well, Germany claims it should have the Arc de Triomphe and there's the document that proves it.' But the Nazis were an occupying force. What right did they have to give away parts of France? It wasn't theirs to give away."

Lord Elgin removed the marbles from the ancient citadel in 1806, during a period when Greece was under...

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