On September 2nd, 2004, fire ravaged Weimar's world-famous Duchess Anna Amalia Library. Some 50,000 books were totally destroyed, another 62,000 suffered severe fire and water damage.
Since then, restorers have been working to salvage what they can. They've developed new techniques for restoring large quantities of books relatively quickly and efficiently. Hot water, steel cages, special cranes and specially developed ultra-thin paper from Japan are all part of the restoration assembly line. About half the damaged books have have undergone the treatment so far.