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Swiss exhibit catalogues draw of war, desire for peace

Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” and a 4,500-year-old peace treaty — the world’s oldest — represent opposite poles in the eternal human struggle between the propulsion to war and the desire for peace. They are among 135 priceless manuscripts, books, documents and other items on display at a new exhibit near Geneva, housed in the sprawling basement of the Martin Bodmer Foundation. The dimly lit show features several pages of Leo Tolstoy’s original manuscript for “War and Peace”, permitted to leave Russia for the first time since he wrote the book in the 1860s. Each of the yellowed pages, filled with Tolstoy’s tight, elegant Cyrillic cursive, with crossed-out words and margin notes, has been insured for $800,0 ...