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Return of Missing Books to the Royal Library of Sweden

The Royal Library of Sweden honored Stephan Loewentheil for the recovery and return of two books stolen more than a decade ago by the former head of the library’s manuscript’s department. At the ceremony, a representative of the library stated, “Stephan Loewentheil’s decision to return these two cultural treasures to the Royal Library of Sweden should serve as an example for ethical book dealers and collectors in the United States and around the world. As Mr. Loewentheil demonstrated, these stolen books should be returned to the people of Sweden and the Royal Library, their true owner, and made available to the public. They should not be secreted away in private collections.”

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