This Week In History News, Sept. 8 – 14

Published September 13, 2019

Hitler relative arrested for pedophilia, secrets of Dead Sea Scrolls unlocked, teenager's Holocaust diary to be published.

The Alleged Last Living Relative Of Adolf Hitler Was Just Convicted Of Pedophilia

Romano-Lukas Hitler

CENRomano-Lukas Hitler, the alleged last living relative of Adolf Hitler.

A self-proclaimed relative of Adolf Hitler has just been convicted of pedophilia for kissing a 13-year-old girl. According to Bild, the unemployed 69-year-old responded to an advert for a garage, but set his eyes on something else: the seller’s underage daughter, Ania.

It’s under contention whether or not Romano-Lukas of Görlitz, Germany is actually related to the country’s tyrannical former leader who himself had a purported history of pedophilia.

The girl’s father certainly had no idea when he posted the ad that he would meet a pedophile with a lion tattooed on his skull who claimed to be Adolf Hitler’s relative.

Read on here.

Researchers Discover Secret To Dead Sea Scroll’s Incredible Preservation — And Possibly Its Destruction

Dead Sea Temple Scroll

Roman Schuetz et al.A closer examination of the Dead Sea Temple Scroll reveals a unique salty coating on the ancient manuscript.

In addition to their unprecedented historical importance, the Dead Sea Scrolls are archaeological marvels. First discovered in 1946 by a shepherd in the Qumran Caves of the Judaean desert, this mysterious collection of ancient manuscripts comprising biblical texts, calendars, and astrological charts has long excited scientists — and left them wondering how they survived so well for some 2,000 years.

While many of the 1,000 documents have deteriorated over time, some of these ancient scrolls were indeed found in astoundingly well-preserved condition, especially one 25-foot piece known as the Temple Scroll. Now, a recent study has uncovered what scientists believe is the key to its preservation — and its possible destruction.

Learn more in this report.

Teenager’s Secret Holocaust Diary To Be Published After 70 Years In A Vault

Renia Spiegel

Bellak Family ArchiveRenia Spiegel ended nearly every journal entry of hers by proclaiming that God and her mother would save her.

Renia Spiegel had barely reached adulthood when the Nazis murdered her in 1942 after finding her hiding in an attic.

The Polish Jewish teenager had kept a diary since she was 14, filling hundreds of pages. And now, after 70 years in a New York bank vault, we’ll be able to read her story.

Spiegel’s secret Holocaust diary was too painful for her surviving mother Róza and sister Elizabeth to read, though the family has since agreed to let Penguin Books allow the world to do so. Renia’s Diary: A Young Girl’s Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust will be released on September 19.

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