The findings unearthed in Christiane Schulte’s journal article were a revelation. The first fatality at the Berlin Wall, it showed, had not been human but a police dog called Rex. And a new law forcing East German border guards to keep their canine enforcers on a lead helped prevent a third world war.

Most shockingly, the 26-year-old PhD student revealed that the alsatians that patrolled the Berlin Wall were direct descendants of those deployed by the Nazis in Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen concentration camps, thus maintaining a „tradition of violence”.

In Schulte’s own words, the academic paper she published in a peer-reviewed German journal in December „revealed the prime importance of human-animal studies for contemporary research into totalitarianism”.

Philip Oltermann
Human-animal studies academics dogged by German hoaxers