Bettina Reitz-Joosse (University of Groningen) and Han Lamers (HU Berlin/KU Leuven) have made an exciting discovery. Underneath a gigantic obelisk in Rome, they found a secret message from the Italian fascists: a Latin text about Mussolini’s Italy, intended for readers in the distant future. The ‘Codex Fori Mussolini’, as it is called, was hidden underneath the obelisk when it was built in 1932 and was soon forgotten. Reitz-Joosse and Lamers rediscovered and translated the text, and wrote a book about its history. Their research was recently published by Bloomsbury publishers.
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He was one of the imprisoned German war criminals known as the ‘Breda Three’: Josef Kotalla. ‘The executioner of Amersfoort’ is the only German war criminal who would die during imprisonment in the Netherlands. Forty years after his death, he is still...
In the lecture series Treasures from the University Library, researchers using material from our Special Collections talk about their research, while the objects in question are also present.
The European Commission has awarded seven higher education and research institutions four million Euros in funding to train 15 PhDs to research past human impact on marine vertebrates.