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Almond cake baked 79 years ago found in German city building bombed in World War II

The British Royal Air Force bombed the German city of Lubeck in March 1942. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

A cake baked 79 years ago during World War II has been found in the Old Town district of the city of Lübeck in Germany which was bombed by the British warplanes, according to a Live Science report.

Dirk Rieger of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck Historic Monuments Protection Authority said that the city, although a non-military target, was bombed by the British Royal Air Force on the night of March 28, 1942, in retaliation for the Nazi blitz of Coventry, England, in 1940.

The cake was found in the remains of a building that collapsed into its cellar during the air raid. Later, a new house was built on top of the ruins.

Wrapped in wax paper, the hazelnut and almond cake decorated with sugar icing was carbonized and preserved, Rieger explained. Plates, knives, spoons, and vinyl records, including a recording of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, were found nearby.

“Because this was a family celebration, they listened to music, they wanted to have a nice cup of tea, they wanted to have this cake,” he said. “It’s a very intimate situation that was immediately destroyed by this war.”