Lost books from Brothers Grimm library returned to German university

Two books once owned by the Brothers Grimm that had been missing since 1943 have been returned to Humboldt University, the Berlin-based institution said Friday.

The Baroque-era tomes, which include a richly illustrated copy of the picaresque novel Simplicissimus from 1685, were part of a book collection stored in a salt mine in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt during World War II to keep them safe from bombs.

It was there that the books were likely stolen, Yong-Mi Rauch, head of the university's historical collections department, told dpa Friday.

The missing volumes surfaced at an auction house in Munich seven decades later, when the university's obvious stamp prompted a phone call.

Rauch said that the auction house and university had come to an agreement over the books' acquisition, but wouldn't share any numbers.

The Humboldt University owns more than 6,000 books from the private library of the 19th-century German researchers who also compiled and recorded some of the world's best-known fairy tales.

Last update: Fri, 22/04/2016 - 15:11

More from Culture

NME ranks INmusic among most popular world festivals

One of the most prestigious world music magazines, the British NME, has ranked the INmusic Festival among the 12...

Fund announced to protect cultural heritage in conflict zones

 France, the United Arab Emirates and almost 40 other countries and international organizations launched a fund on...

Thai anti-junta activist arrested for allegedly defaming new king

A prominent Thai student activist was arrested early Saturday for allegedly defaming the country's newly proclaimed...

Museum of tastes opens in Osijek

A museum of tastes was formally opened in Osijek by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Friday on the occasion of...

Exhibition honouring Cervantes opens at Zagreb's Mimara Museum

Zagreb's Mimara Museum and the Spanish Embassy in Croatia are paying homage to the greatest Spanish writer and one...