Berlin: The only known voice recording of
powerful German chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who died in 1898, has been found and authenticated, a German researcher
The wax cylinder phonograph recording was made in 1889 by
an associate of Thomas Edison, Adelbert Wangemann, at
Bismarck`s home, Stephan Puille from the University of Applied
Sciences in Berlin said yesterday.
"According to me and I have a certain experience, these
are really original recordings," said Puille, who along with
Patrick Feaster of Indiana University "identified these
cylinders which were thought to have disappeared."
The New York Times first published the news, saying the
recordings had the "Iron Chancellor" reciting "snippets of
poetry and songs in English, Latin, French and German,"
including lines from the French national anthem.
"Bismarck ends the recording with some advice, apparently
for his son Herbert, ... to live life in moderation," it said.
The cylinders were found in Edison`s laboratory in 1957
but research work on them only began in 2005.