It’s Hitler’s fault, sort of.
The man had borrowed a book on March 7th, 1944 but the library he took it from was damaged by a bomb and he claims that kept him from returning it.
The man, now nearing 90 years old, took the book back to the Tallinn Central Library in Estonia last week.
At the time of the bombing Estonia was occupied by Nazi Germany.
Ivika Turkson works at the library. He told new media that the man apologized and offered to pay a late fee.
Instead the library waived the penalty which would have been rather substantial. If the fine was 25 cents a day for 69 years, that would total just over $6,200.00.
The original serial number and emblem on the book are in such good shape workers were still able to identify it.
In case you’re curious the book was a fiction piece by Estonian author Eduard Vilde.