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Mystery - Painting - Treasure?
A Mystery Behind a Beautiful Painted Landscape Is it lost art, a found treasure, an espionage message from WW2, or is it just a beautiful painting of a picturesque landscape? This painting on display, amongst many others from an art collector’s gallery, stands out, above all others and draws the attention of a consumer. The attraction is not just from the scenic beauty of Austria, Hinderbarenbad, the Kaisertal, the Kaiser Chain Mountains, or the quaint Antoniuskapellethat made it noticed. It was not even the well-known artist’s name, or even the painter himself. This oil landscape captured the heart of an art appraiser due to a little piece of paper, that was attached to the back of the painting. It piqued a curiosity and intrigue, as if it had belonged in an Agatha Cristy mystery. The beginning quest for answers came after searching for the artist’s signature, MOSER, written all in capital letters. Although Moser is a well-known artist, the signature on this painting was not a match for any other artists of the same name. The puzzle began and It became clear that the only way to find the original story behind this painting, was to follow the small message on the back of the stretcher. This might be a trace to its roots. It was this old typewritten message that first caught collector’s eye. The message read: “Painting: Capt. Maier said it was Hinter Baerenbad Kaiser chain mtns.” The quest for answers originated with trying to determine who Captain Maier might be, the location of the church in the Kaiser Chain Mountains, and the purpose of the old typewritten message. There seemed to be many dead-ends. Many of the Internet searches produced some information, but then fell short of supplying any further clues; the search for Captain Maier produced the name Heinrich Maier, and the search for Hinter Baerenbad led to the conclusion that the name had been misspelled and should have been Hinterbaerenbad. Since it appeared that the painting might be from the first part of the 20th century, a good start would be searching for information around World War 1 and World War 2 officers. This led to the first disappointment. An email from the Austria War Museum confirmed that there was no Captain Maier during WWII. Although there have been hints that art was used to send messages, during the war, the museum conveyed that there was no confirmed evidence of this. Should the search end here, or was it merely the wrong information source? Rather than being discouraged, the search for history became more intriguing; more questions came to mind. Could it be that Heinrich Maier was a captain in the religious resistance and supplied messages through espionage to the OSS? Could the artist, Moser, painted this for a purpose? Why is the O and the E underlined in the artist’s signature? It became clear that the story that was held within the painting was just as important as the information about the artist. It appeared that the next step was to determine if this was just a naïve painting, with a simple message on the back? If this was only a simple painting, then why were there misspellings in the name of the location and was there a point to the incorrect capitalizations in the letters? As curiosity deepened, the search for the answers continued. While searching for clues, a deeper thought emerged; the knowledge that during World War II a lot of valuable art went missing or stollen. Some artists were commissioned to paint as a means for propaganda. This awareness led to additional questions. Could artists also paint for the purpose of espionage? It seemed unnatural that an artist would be out in the wilderness painting this scenic landscape in the middle of devastating war. He was only miles from the German border. At this point, an additional question developed: What impact did the Kaiser Mountains have in WW1 or WW2? It became clear that a key to the painting might be to investigate the history of that fascinating message, that first captivated the collector. While reflecting on a story about a famous man in Italy, it seemed unlikely that this was an innocent piece of art, painted during a devastated, war-ridden country. The Italian, Gianfranco Briani, who founded Volleyball, in his home country, had been a heroic, brave, twelve-year-old boy during WW2. Gianfranco’s brother had been captured. Like many people, though-out this time of invasion, the boy summoned his courage to travel at night, on his own, from Rome to Vienza (Venice). As most of Italy was under a curfew, this was particularly dangerous. Another important thought came to mind: What other acts of bravery would be accomplished, as people looked for ways to subvert attacks? The investigation seemed to circle back to the beginning: Who was Captain Maier and why were the letters O and E underlined? Was it possible that our subject was the famous Heinrich Maier? Could the artist’s Captain Maier, have been this same Heinrich Maier, who was one of the most heroic leaders of the religious resistance? The aim of this group was to bring an end to the horrific regime, by military defeat, as soon as possible. In addition, to re-establish a free and democratic Austria. Maier is purported to have sent coded messages to OSS and UK under the codes, during the war. He is remembered for outsmarting the Gestapo for many years and providing the allies with information to save Austria. If he was the famous resistance hero, could this have been a coded message? Might the author’s signature, all in capitals, with the O and E underlined, have been part of a cipher? Also noted, was the off-center en within the type-written message. Another memory surfaced; it was of a who-done-it mystery with the code within a code; the possibilities seem endless. While it has been said that the value of this painting is for the beauty of the landscape, rather than the intrigue of the message on the back, one cannot dismiss the coincidence of the name and the chances that there is more to this painting than the art itself. It is true that it is a beautiful landscape, but as you look more deeply, it stimulates an interest in a time of courage and bravery for preserving freedom. Please contact us with more information for this piece in helping us solve this mystery. We are assisting this art collector with gathering more information so it can be appraised accordingly. -RadioCPD TV We support the arts and and listen Ref:
Co-legislators near adoption of Regulations to promote rights and values in the EU
The provisional agreements of the Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing a Justice programme and Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme 2021-2027.was voted in favour by the MEPs from the European Parliament’s Committees on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and on Legal Affairs (JUR). With a budget of € 1.55 billion, the Rights and Values Programme aims to protect and promote the rights and values enshrined in the EU Treaties and in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The main objective of the Justice Programme, with a budget of € 305 million, is to contribute to a European area of justice based on the rule of law, mutual recognition and mutual trust between justice professionals in cross-border proceedings. The favourable vote by the Committees brings the two legislative files a step closer to the formal adoption and entry into force of the respective Regulations. The next and final step is a plenary vote at the European Parliament in the first half of 2021.
Co-legislators closer to adoption of Regulations to promote rights and values in the EU
IMEPs from the European Parliament’s Committees on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and on Legal Affairs (JUR) voted in favour of the provisional agreements on the Justice Programme and on the Rights and Values Programme 2021-2027. The main objective of the Justice Programme, with a budget of € 305 million, is to contribute to a European area of justice based on the rule of law, mutual recognition and mutual trust between justice professionals in cross-border proceedings. The favourable vote by the Committees brings the two legislative files a step closer to the formal adoption and entry into force of the respective Regulations. The next and final step is a plenary vote at the European Parliament in the first half of 2021.
Commission announces dates to watch for several digital initiatives
A timeline to adopt several key initiatives in digital policy was confirmed in the Commission’s College Agenda. From March 2021, the Commission will be presenting the 2030 Digital Targets Communication which will be focusing on digital infrastructure and ensuring a way to deploy digital equipment across the EU. In April 2021, the Commission will focus on key initiatives: (1) the legislative framework on AI and (2) the proposal for an e-ID. Coupled together, these tw o initiatives aim to create a more secure online environment for citizens and while also helping to protect consumers in the real world. The legislative framework on AI would be one of the first of its kind in the world and it is expected to shape the way the technology would develop both inside and outside of Europe.
Breaking the deadlock to launch Conference on the Future of Europe
Council revises position for Conference on Future of Europe
The Council has adopted a revised position on the Conference on the Future of Europe. Proposals to launch the Conference on 9 May 2021. It also suggests that the Conference should be chaired by the Presidents of the three main EU institutions, namely the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, and the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The outcomes of the conference : should be reflection of the report to the European Council in 2022. 20. In light of the conclusions of the European Council, the EU institutions would commit to examine swiftly how to follow up effectively to this report, each within their own sphere of competence and in accordance with the Treaties. 21. The Conference does not fall within the scope of Article 48 TEU.
Economy, finance and the euro Objectives promote growth and employment-enhancing policies in the eurozone and the EU promote macro-economic and fiscal stability in the euro area and EU improve the efficient functioning of the economic and monetary union promote investment in the EU prevent or correct macroeconomic imbalances in the European Union increasingly coordinate national structural policies promote prosperity beyond the EU
Defence The Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS) is in charge of the competitiveness and innovation of the European Defence industry by ensuring the evolution of a strong technological and industrial base. Objectives implementation and oversight of the European Defence Fund encouraging collaborative projects focusing on building an open and competitive European defence equipment market enforcing EU procurement rules on defence implementing Action Plan on Military Mobility
Customs Objectives Currently, European Union customs policy focuses on the following areas: revision of the governance of the customs union modernisation of the legal framework including strengthening of areas such as risk management or security and safety extension of the use of European electronic information systems support for the improvement of the single market in the area of customs handling of goods
Culture and media The creative Europe programme helps audiovisual, cultural and creative professionals to reach new audiences and supports the development of cross-border cooperation and networks. Objectives help the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age support the culture and media industries in contributing to sustainable growth, jobs and social cohesion in the EU give Europe's culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences
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Consumers The European consumer agenda - the strategic vision for EU consumer policy adopted in April 2012:
reinforces consumer safety: for goods, services and food, strengthening the regulatory framework and making market surveillance more efficient enhances knowledge: to cope with the increasing complexity of markets, where consumers need the right tools and information to understand everything from the cost of consumer credit to finding how to complain improves enforcement and securing redress, without which rights cannot exist aligns policy to societal change and making it relevant to daily life: to adapt consumer law to the digital age and tackle the problems consumers face online; to factor in the needs of vulnerable consumers; to make sustainable choices easy. Objectives
safeguard consumer rights through legislation, including help to resolve disputes with traders fast and efficiently (e.g. through alternative dispute resolution and European consumer centres) ensure consumer rights keep pace with economic and social change – especially in the digital area, energy, and financial services guarantee the safety of products on the single market help consumers make choices based on clear, accurate and consistent information, e.g. when shopping online Topics