The Köln Historischen Stadtarchivs disaster


I’m starting only now to realize what we all have lost (in addition to the human victims) with this disaster. Just think the eldest document was dated 922 AD. And the whole Heinrich Böll’s heritage, among other documents of this kind, was archived here.

If you are interested to follow how things are going hour after hour: … archiv.xml


I’m heartbroken. I’ve been in that lovely city, in that building. So sad about the people who were trapped, killed. And all those archives going up in smoke! We have lost treasures for humanity.

Yes this is a desaster. There’s no real hope for the two people missed. And now it is raining so the documents, if not destroyed by the crash, are getting wet. It’s really bad.