Book Returned To Library 69 Years Late

TALLINN, Estonia (March 12, 2013)--An Estonian man returned a library book 69 years late, and said a World War II aerial bombing that damaged the library was partly to blame for the late return.

The man, who’s in his mid-80s, returned the book along with an apology and an offer to pay a late fee last week to the Tallinn Central Library, Ivika Turkson said.

The book was checked out on March 7, 1944, while Estonia was occupied by Nazi Germany.

Turkson said Tuesday that the library waived any penalty for the late return of the tome, which still contained the original emblem and serial number, allowing librarians to identify it.

It was not immediately clear why the man waited so long to return the book, a work of fiction by Estonian author Eduard Vilde.

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