Mysterious Berlin corpse probably Rosa Luxemburg
Fri May 29, 2009
By Jacob Comenetz
BERLIN, May 29 (Reuters) - The corpse of Marxist activist Rosa Luxemburg has almost certainly been found in Berlin 90 years after her death, a forensic expert said on Friday.
Michael Tsokos, the head of forensic medicine at Berlin's Charite hospital, told Reuters he was "90 percent certain" that a body of a woman found in the hospital is Luxemburg.
"Everything points to that," Tsokos told Reuters. "The only thing missing is the DNA proof."
He said they were hoping to obtain a personal item of Luxemburg in order to be able to compare to determine if the DNA from the corpse matches.
The body was only found by chance as he was working on putting together an exhibit, Tsokos said.
Born in Poland in 1871, the Jewish Marxist Luxemburg became a German citizen in 1898.
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