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Early Nazi concentration camp excavated in Berlin

The Columbia Concentration Camp, ran by the Nazis between 1933 and 1936, is undergoing excavation in Berlin. Columbia served as a training center to teach and perfect new torture methods that would later be employed to run Germany's huge network of concentration camps around Europe. "This was not just a place where

German settlement of Cölln excavated

Archaeologists are busy excavating the town of Cölln, which sat across the River Spree from Berlin before being swallowed up by Berlin's expansion. I'll be in Berlin in June and will definitely stop by to check out the site. Up to now, historians have known very little about the early history of

Piecing together artifacts from museum bombed in WWII

During World War II, the Tell Halaf archaeological museum in Berlin was bombed, smashing ancient artifacts into smithereens. Now, after nine years of work, 60 artifacts have been pieced together from 27,000 fragments found in the ruins of the building. The ancient treasure -- monumental deities from Aramaean civilisation and

Unexploded WWII bomb shuts down Berlin airport

A 250kg aerial bomb was discovered at Berlin's Tegel airport, shutting it down until the bomb was defused. Police bomb disposal experts were called in late on Wednesday afternoon to defuse the 250 kilogramme aerial bomb that was discovered by labourers in a northern section of the airport, Berlin airports

Egypt wants bust of Queen Nefertiti back

Keeping with his quest to recover all illegally-exported ancient Egyptian artifacts, Zahi Hawass, the general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, now wants the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti. Culture lovers reveled in the reopening of the Neues Museum in the heart of Berlin on Friday, the culmination of decades

Auschwitz blueprints presented to Israeli PM

Architectural plans for the Auschwitz death camp, discovered last year, have been presented to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Berlin. The 29 sketches of the camp, which was built in Nazi-occupied Poland, date back to 1941, and include detailed blueprints for living barracks, delousing facilities and crematoria,

Oldest UK Olympian dies aged 100

Britain's oldest Olympian, Godfrey Rampling, who won medals at the 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and Berlin, has passed away. A 400m runner, he was a member of the Great Britain 4x400m relay teams which won silver in 1932 and gold in 1936. In 1932 he anchored the 4x400m

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