A World War II veteran has agreed to return to Germany two 400-year-old law books that he took as a young soldier fighting in Europe. American Robert Thomas was 18 years old when he took the two legal volumes from a salt mine in 1945.
The books had been placed in the mine to protect them from bombing attacks. They were returned to Germany’s ambassador to the U.S. at an event in Washington today.
“The books will go home,” said Thomas, a retired optometrist, “because it’s the right thing to do.”