When Goethe's death was told, we said:
Sunk, then, is Europe's sagest head.
Physician of the iron age,
Goethe has done his pilgrimage.
When the U.S. Army entered Weimar, it found that the mortal remains of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had disappeared on an iron-age pilgrimage never dreamed of by Poet Matthew Arnold. Also missing from its place beside Goethe in the city's Friedhof (cemetery) was the coffin of Goethe's great friend and fellow poet, Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller.
The disappearance was the work of the Nazis. When it became clear that Weimar would fall, an alarmed Nazi Gauleiter ordered...