A historic library in Germany ravaged by fire in 2004 has restored 118,000 rare books including a 471-year-old book by Copernicus.
The fire at the Duchess Anna Amalia library, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Weimar, was supposedly caused by an electrical fault. Some 50,000 books were reduced to ashes, including works by Germany’s most famous writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who lived in Weimar and knew the duchess.
Well-wishers donated €38.8mil (RM163.2mil) to help the library rescue what it could from the damage caused by the fire itself and the water used to put it out. “I did not believe that we could restore so many books in such a short time,” says library director Michael Knoche.