KNIGHTSANDNAZIS

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - Country -

The Tarpan fea­tured heav­ily in the folk­lore sur­round­ing the Teu­tonic Knights, a cru­sad­ing mil­i­tary or­der of the 13th and 14th cen­turies. The at­tempted re­cre­ation of an ap­par­ently su­pe­rior breed caught the in­ter­est of the Nazis. Af­ter the in­va­sion of Poland, whole herds of Koniks were stolen and trans­ported back to Ger­many, where sci­en­tists be­gan their own ge­netic ex­per­i­ments. Th­ese were killed and eaten by the starv­ing pop­u­la­tions of Ber­lin and Mu­nich at the end of the Sec­ond World War.

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