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Soldier returns historic books taken as “souvenirs” during WWII

A former US soldier has returned two historic books he took as “souvenirs” when serving in Germany during World War II.

Robert Thomas handed over the two books, both 400 years old, to the German ambassador during a ceremony at the US national archives in Washington.

The texts were taken from a salt mine in western Germany, where they were being kept safe during allied bombing.

The 83-year-old former soldier said they were in a similar condition to when he had discovered them.

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