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01-Jul-2013

New additions to the Memory of the World

Germany's Nebra Sky Disk and the Lorsch Pharmacopoeia have both recently been added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. Germany was also represented by two recommendations for inclusion in the list: firstly by the Communist Manifesto and the first volume of Das Kapital by Karl Marx (joint nomination with the Netherlands), and secondly by The Golden Bull (jointly with Austria).

In 1992 UNESCO made it one of its missions to safeguard historically significant documents from being forgotten. The global collection currently totals 299 documents, 17 of which are of German origin. Other prized German writings on the list include the Gutenberg Bible and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.