A fire raged Thursday night for two hours in the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar, Germany. "A piece of the world's cultural heritage has been lost forever," said Culture Minister Christine Weiss.
30,000 priceless books are believed to have been destroyed. Some 6,000 historical works - including a 1534 Martin Luther Bible - were saved by a human chain, which spirited them away from the flames. Those participating in the human chain had to abandon their efforts and flee to safety the ceiling threatened to collapse.
The fire was particularly tragic as the collection was to move to another site in late October.
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