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Inspired by Hermann Lingg's (1820 – 1905) humorous poem "Das Krokodil zu Singapur" ("The crocodile of Singapore"), the association of poets from Munich was called "Das Krokodil" or "Die Krokodile" when it was founded in 1857. In line with this, the symbol of the association was of course a crocodile. A new virtual exhibition at bavarikon now presents a portrait of this poets' society.

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The digital source collection "The Chernobyl Files. Declassified Documents of the Ukrainian KGB" has been acquired recently within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies. It makes Ukrainian and Soviet governmental documents on the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl accessible free of charge Germany-wide and at German institutes abroad.

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Max von Pettenkofer (1818 – 1901) | © BSB/ Image Archive

The city of Munich in particular celebrates the 200th birthday of Max von Pettenkofer on 3 December 2018, since the city owes its modern sewer system and the central drinking water supply to Germany's first hygienist, so that Munich was considered one of the world's cleanest cities at the end of the 19th century.

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