By Gerd Strasmann
WUPPERTAL, Germany—During December, the long tradition of hard coal mining ended with an emotional final act at the Prosper-Haniel mine in Bottrop, Germany. With tears in their eyes and singing the song Glück Auf, based on the traditional German miner’s greeting, miners brought the last piece of coal to daylight from a depth of about 1,000 m on Friday, December 21, 2018.
“We are here, on Prosper-Haniel, to witness a moment of history, documenting the end of German hard coal mining,” said Frank-Walter Steinmeier, president of the Federal Republik of Germany.
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