HARTUNG-BERGMAN FOUNDATION SEMINAR
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Behind the Blue Shield: Unesco and the protection of monuments in the 1950s
Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Gautier, Milena Glicenstein, Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis
War destroys human beings and things, and among the latter, it destroys cultural property, which testifies to the pastness of the past. Particular attention has been paid to the protection of such property, and this concern has been enshrined in law since the Hague Convention of 1906-1907 and followed up on in the UNIDROIT Convention of the 1990s. In between these two dates, the Hague Convention, placed under the aegis of UNESCO, established in 1954 a treaty to which defenders of historical monuments threatened by the civil war in Syria have recently appealed.
Daniel Sherman closely studies here UNESCO’s archives in order to identify the fears, hopes, blind spots, and fragile solutions of people living during the years when the protection of monuments was already being associated with the doctrine of human rights.