Story By: Victoria Lyndon, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
The skeleton and skull of a man believed to be a Russian World War II soldier – and as seen in these images – have been found by builders on the grounds of a restaurant run by a Michelin-starred chef.
The discovery took place on 3rd December, at Villa Kellermann, on Mangerstrasse, in the city of Potsdam in the state of Brandenburg in Germany. The restaurant is run by Michelin-starred chef Tim Raue and is owned by TV presenter Guenther Jauch.
The bones were discovered just 30 centimetres below the surface when construction workers were carrying out excavation.
The condition and location of the bones suggest that they have remained untouched for several decades.
According to the police, they most likely belong to a Russian soldier who died during the Second World War.
Alongside the remains, heavily rusted ammunition was also found.
Oliver Breithaupt, from the German War Graves Commission Brandenburg, says: “Surely this is a dead soldier from the Second World War. A steel helmet was found with him. Also remnants of ammunition.”
According to Diane Tempel, spokeswoman for Volksbund, it is common for bones from the Second World War to be found in Brandenburg.
The association wants to bury the remains in a war cemetery in Lebus, in Brandenburg, Germany, following the investigation.
The restaurant building was built in 1914 and was named after the writer Bernhard Kellermann. It was used as a public meeting place for artists, writers and intellectuals when it was part of East Germany.
Following the reunification of the country, it was transformed into a restaurant which served Italian cuisine, until it was purchased by Jauch in 2016 and renovated.
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