“It is easier to destroy than to build” said the Taliban commander, while complaining about the efforts needed to bring down the Buddhas of Bamiyan.
Ever since the world has watched helplessly as temples and statues kept on being destroyed.
While we might assume such destruction is a recent phenomenon and the unavoidable consequence of war, in reality it is often intentional, caused by intolerance - religious, racial or political -; or by greed.
Moreover, the deliberate destruction of the memory of mankind has been going on for millennia.
For the first time a new book lays out this story to the general public in an accessible and engaging way, while maintaining scholarly quality.
Complex issues are laid out, facts are given so the reader can make up his or her own mind.
Lost Treasures aims to raise public awareness of the cultural heritage destruction and its consequences, to prevent another regression of humanity's genius.
Yet the book does not read as a tragic tale but instead as an optimistic call for tolerance, realising there is no need to agree with others to be able to admire their achievements. We cannot change the past, but we can learn from it.
Enlightened, we all can embrace the common heritage of mankind.