Birgit Wiger-Angner…

Retired gymnastics teacher Birgit Wiger-Angner, a Swede, is pictured in Athens yesterday looking at a sculpted marble fragment from the Acropolis that she donated to Greece. Wiger-Angner, 89, inherited the fragment from the Erechtheion Temple from her great uncle, who found the 2,400-year-old fragment during a visit to Athens more than 100 years ago. ‘I really hope this will be a signal especially to the British Museum, which has so many things from ancient Greece, to give [the artifacts] back,’ she said. The fragment will be displayed at the new Acropolis museum, due to open next year.

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