Can of Zyklon B poison gas found in Germany

2015-02-25 17:02
Workers clearing a small garden property in northern Germany got a shock when they unearthed a rusted can labeled “Zyklon B” - the deadly poison gas used by the Nazis in the death chambers of Auschwitz and other camps. (Daniel Friederichs, AP)

Workers clearing a small garden property in northern Germany got a shock when they unearthed a rusted can labeled “Zyklon B” - the deadly poison gas used by the Nazis in the death chambers of Auschwitz and other camps. (Daniel Friederichs, AP)

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Berlin - Workers clearing a small garden in northern Germany got a shock when they unearthed a rusted can labeled "Zyklon B" - the deadly poison gas used by the Nazis in the death chambers of Auschwitz and other camps.

Oliver Pohl, a spokesperson for police in Kiel, said on Wednesday the 150ml-200ml can was unearthed during work on Tuesday in the nearby town of Preetz.

Emergency crews determined the can was empty, but still sealed and removed it as a precaution.

Pohl says even though Zyklon B achieved its notoriety through its use in the Holocaust, it was developed in the 1920s as a pesticide. It is known to have been used long ago as a pesticide in the Preetz garden and the can likely pre-dates the Nazi era.

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