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Has anyone seen the Mona Lisa?

The Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, could easily be the most famous painting ever. Nowadays, almost everyone knows the famous smile of the mysterious women dressed in her day’s Florentine fashion. Enormous quantities of ink and effort have been spent over the decades to unravel the mysteries behind this painting. The painting’s history […]

The Discovery of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Warriors

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The American Sergeant Who Defected to North Korea: Charles Jenkins

During the 1960s the Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union reached an all-time high. Events that come to mind are the Cuban Missile Crisis and the erecting of the Berlin Wall. On the other side of the world, the division between North- and South Korea had just begun settling in […]

The 1952 Escape of 7 Former Waffen-SS Soldiers… and they got away with it

 The Dutch city of Breda is located in the southern Brabant province. Aside from its cultural riches, a pretty well-known prison named de Koepel, or ‘the Dome’, is situated there. In the wake of the Second World War, the prison housed all Dutch war-criminals serving life sentences. Some of them had their death sentence commuted. […]

The Discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb and Curse of the Pharaoh

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The Kapp-Lüttwitz Putsch nearly ending the Weimar Republic (March, 1920)

After the German Empire lost the First World War and the Kaiser abdicated, the newly established Weimar Republic lingered in an incredibly unstable and chaotic situation. Both the far left and far right rejected parliamentary democracy. It’s a very fascinating time period with many different parties, interests and developments rapidly following each other up. As […]

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