This Week In History News, August 6 – August 12

Explorers Find 106-Year-Old Fruitcake Perfectly Preserved In Antarctica

Fruitcake

Antarctic Heritage TrustA century-old fruitcake

No one likes the person who brings a fruitcake to the Christmas party.

But what if it was a perfectly preserved 106-year-old fruitcake?

I can’t decide if it would make it better or worse, but conservationists from the Antarctic Heritage Trust now have that option.

See more here.

Museum With Replica Of Hitler’s Bunker Unveils New Exhibit On Nazis’ Rise To Power

Hitler Berlin Bunker

William Vandivert/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesFuhrer Adolf Hitler’s command center conference room partially burned out by SS troops and stripped of evidence by invading Russians, in bunker under the Reichschancellery after Hitler’s suicide.

For a long time after World War II, talking about Adolf Hitler was a sort of taboo in Germany.

People would pay tribute to the Holocaust’s six million Jewish victims, discuss the brutal concentration camps and analyze the war as a whole — but focusing singularly on the man at the epicenter of it all seemed almost like validation, and was astutely avoided.

But this has begun to change in recent years, notably with the recent recreation of a room in the bunker where the Nazi leader spent his final days as well as the first to-scale model of the place — commonly called the F├╝hrerbunker — in its entirety.

The set accompanies a new Berlin exhibit that strays away from the classic “What happened?” and tries to investigate the “Why?”

Read on here.

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