How To Hide a Nobel Prize

After Carl von Ossietzky was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1935, the Nazi government banned any Germans from holding any Nobel Prize in protest. In order to save the medals of Max von Laue and James Franck, Hungarian chemist George de Hevesy dissolved their medals in aqua regia, which he left on the shelf in has lab to evade discovery by the Nazis. After the war, he precipitated the gold out of the solution and sent it back to Sweden, where it was recast and reawarded by the Nobel Committee.



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