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‘Very charred and blackened’ walnut cake baked during WWII found preserved in a German town

Archaeologists have made an astonishing find, uncovering a nearly 80-year-old hazelnut-almond cake that became “ very charred and blackened ” after a British airstrike hit a historic German city during World War II.

The cake, which was still wrapped in wax paper, was discovered in a basement in the port city of Lübeck, according to a translated statement by Hansestadt Lübeck.

In addition to the cake, other items such as coffee service (consisting of plates, knives and spoons) and records were found, including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Symphony No. 9, the statement added.

Experts Lisa Renn and Doris Mührenberg noted that the cake is still roughly the same shape as when it was baked.

Archaeologists discovered a cake that became 'heavily charred and blackened' after it was hit by a British air raid on Germany during WWII.

Archaeologists discovered a cake that became ‘heavily charred and blackened’ after it was hit by a British air raid on Germany during World War II.

Experts Lisa Renn (left) and Doris Mührenberg (right) noted that the cake still has roughly the same shape as when it was baked.

Experts Lisa Renn (left) and Doris Mührenberg (right) noted that the cake still has roughly the same shape as when it was baked.

Experts Lisa Renn (left) and Doris Mührenberg (right) noted that the cake still has roughly the same shape as when it was baked.

The cake also has its nut filling and the sugar decorations are 'clearly visible'

The cake also has its nut filling and the sugar decorations are 'clearly visible'

The cake also has its nut filling and the sugar decorations are ‘clearly visible’

It also has its nut filling and the sugar decorations are ‘clearly visible’ on the cake, according to the statement.

“Although it is very charred and blackened with soot on the outside,” Renn said, adding that “the heat has been reduced to only a third of its original height.”

The cake was likely burned during the 1942 air raid, which occurred between March 28 and 29.

The cake, still wrapped in wax paper, was found in a basement in Lübeck, Germany.

The cake, still wrapped in wax paper, was found in a basement in Lübeck, Germany.

The cake, still wrapped in wax paper, was found in a basement in Lübeck, Germany.

The British Royal Air Force bombed the city in retaliation for the Nazi bombing of Coventry, England in 1940, according to Dirk Rieger, head of the Department of Archeology at the Historic Monuments Protection Authority of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck.

The British Royal Air Force bombed the city in retaliation for the Nazi bombing of Coventry, England in 1940, according to Dirk Rieger, head of the Department of Archeology at the Historic Monuments Protection Authority of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck.

The British Royal Air Force bombed the city in retaliation for the Nazi bombing of Coventry, England in 1940, according to Dirk Rieger, head of the Department of Archeology at the Historic Monuments Protection Authority of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck.

During the war, Nazi Germany hosted a prisoner of war camp for officers in Lübeck between 1940 and April 1945.

During the war, Nazi Germany hosted a prisoner of war camp for officers in Lübeck between 1940 and April 1945.

During the war, Nazi Germany hosted a prisoner of war camp for officers in Lübeck between 1940 and April 1945.

The British Royal Air Force bombed the city in retaliation for the Nazi bombing of Coventry, England in 1940, said Dirk Rieger, head of the Department of Archeology at the Hanseatic City of Lübeck Historic Monuments Protection Authority. LiveScience.

The cake was recently unwrapped when the Palm Sunday bombing began and everything collapsed in the building’s basement, Rieger told the news outlet.

However, the cake was not crushed and is “currently the only cake of this type that has been archaeologically discovered in northern Germany,” the statement added.

“To get to the bottom of the cake’s secrets, samples of the filling and glaze were examined in the laboratory,” Dr. Rieger said in the statement.

Investigators are not sure who the cake was, but a Lübeck merchant named Johann Wärme lived in the destroyed house, the statement added, citing “ancient books from the city.”

It is possible that the cake and coffee service was used for a festival or perhaps for the Palm Sunday celebration.

“The discovery of Lübecker Torte represents a very private, almost intimate connection with the city’s day, which was so decisive in history,” the statement explains.

The cake was discovered by construction workers in the old town district near the city hall and the “main market area,” Rieger told Live Science.

It was taken to the restoration laboratory in Lübeck, where it was cleaned and samples were taken.

Lübeck was finally occupied, without resistance, by the British on May 2, 1945.

Lübeck was finally occupied, without resistance, by the British on May 2, 1945.

Lübeck was finally occupied, without resistance, by the British on May 2, 1945.

The bombs that were dropped contained chemicals and researchers must ensure that there are no traces of these chemicals, such as phosphorus, that could react when exposed.

“It took 79 years for these special contemporary witnesses, who also reflect the direct moment of destruction through their own transience and fragile materiality, came to light again and no one knew they existed,” said Dr. Rieger.

Lübeck, officially known as the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, was founded by Adolf II, Earl of Schauenburg and Holstei.

In the Middle Ages, the port city was known for international trade, as merchants sold cloth, fish, salt, and a host of other goods that were imported and exported by sea.

It was designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1987 and hosted the G7 conference in 2015.

During the war, Nazi Germany housed a prisoner of war camp for officers in the city between 1940 and April 1945.

Lübeck was finally occupied, without resistance, by the British on May 2, 1945.

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