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Collapse of Cologne (Germany) Archives Building

Cologne’s six-story archives building collapsed at 2pm on Tuesday, March 3rd, burying in rubble manuscripts by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.  Here is an account of the incident from The TimesOnline:

“There was even less warning of the collapse of the building than would have been given during a nuclear attack. Workers on the rooftop heard a cracking noise and immediately alerted the 26 people using the archives at the time. Less than three minutes later later, the building was flat.”

News reports/articles:

The city without a memory; treasures lost under the collapsed Cologne archives

Germany: Two still missing after building collapse

Acclaimed German writer’s archive lost in building collapse

Click here for pictures of the collapsed building.

Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

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