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Beyond 9/11 – Germany’s best conspiracy theories

From nasty cover-ups to unresolved mysteries to downright mind-blowing conspiracies, here are nine events that have kept Berliners on top of the paranoia scale.

On September 26, 1980 a bomb at Munich’s famous Oktoberfest killed 13 people and injured 200, making the incident – known as the Oktoberfestattentat – the worst act of terrorism in post-war Germany. Did the deceased bomber act alone? Read more

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Did the Nazi leadership escape to a secret UFO base in Antarctica after WWII? I WANT TO BELIEVE. Read more


On April 30, Adolf Hitler took cyanide with his wife Eva Braun and shot himself through the head in his Führerbunker in Berlin. Was this a suicide or an elaborate hoax? Read more

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Interview: Bernd Harder. The Skeptiker spokesperson and conspiracy theory expert has published a range of books dealing with conspiracy theories and other parascientific topics. Read more

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Interview: Dirk Pohlmann. The 51-year-old journalist knows something about the risks and difficulty attached to investigation. Read more


Built by the Americans and now operating as a ‘black project’ under the codename ‘Teddybär’, a giant subterranean antenna sends out so-called ELF (extremely low frequency) waves via the radar tower beside the building complex. Really? Read more


On June 28, Kirstin Heisig, a notoriously tough magistrate at the juvenile court in crime-ridden Neukölln, went missing. The public prosecutor quickly announced that Heisig had committed suicide by hanging. But was it really? Read more

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Nine days before the Weimar Republic's 1933 elections, the Reichstag mysteriously burns to the ground. A communist activist is found at the scene, causing the Communist Party to be banned from the upcoming election. Coincidence? Read more

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Interview: Mathias Bröckers. In the wake of 9/11, Bröckers attracted public attention with his columns for the webzine Telepolis, which formed the basis for his 2002 bestseller. Read more


During the 2010 World Cup, the gifted mollusk captured the hearts and minds of people from marine biologists to football fans to Miss Cleo before his mysterious end in October of 2010. What really happened in that fishtank-turned-crystal ball? Read more


On May 6, 1937, almost three days after the zeppelin's triumphal departure from Frankfurt while attempting to dock near New York City, the whole zeppelin caught fire within seconds and crash-landed, killing 36 people. Read more


Bielefeld is a municipality in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen with a population of over 325,000 people, which is known for its heavy industry, home-appliance construction and lovely castle. But… is it really there? Read more

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