Wednesday, 12 May 2010

giro the nazi dog

I'd heard about Giro the Nazi dog, buried in central London, before, but this article on About.com has got a photo and clear directions to the headstone of the Nazi German Ambassador's dog:
'There was a German (Nazi) Embassy in London from 1936 to 1939 at 9 Carlton House Terrace. Albert Speer, the Nazi architect, was involved in the building's thorough renovation and the interior boasts a staircase made from Italian marble, which is said to have been donated by Mussolini. The Nazis had to leave when the war started and The Foreign Office used the building from 1939. They attempted to remove most of the swastikas but apparently there is a border design of swastikas on the floor of one public room. The building is now occupied by the Royal Society.
'Location: Waterloo Place / Outside 9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG. It did take me a while to find the tombstone as it's much smaller than normal, but you'll find it under the tree, at the top of the steps, close by the enormous statue of the Duke of York on a tall column. The tombstone is in a small space that was once the front garden of 9 Carlton House Terrace but is not directly in front of the building. It is the other side of the garage ramp.'