US WWII Margarine Stockpile Found In Turkish School Roof

These images show the large stockpile of margarine sent by the US as part of the Marshall Plan after World War II has been found in the roof of an evacuated school in Turkey.

The unusual find was discovered at a school, located in the district of Agin in the city of Elazig in the eastern Turkish province of the same name, that was evacuated after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the region on 24th January.

According to local media, there were 81 boxes of margarine weighing 2.5 kilogrammes (5.5 lbs) which were sent to Turkey by the US as part of the Marshall Plan after WWII.

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Stockpile of U.S. margarine in the roof of an evacuated school in eastern Elazıg province

Turkish officials have taken the margarine stockpile from the school roof on 8th June to carry out tests.

The stockpile was reportedly sent to the General Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry for examination and a statement will be released about the foodstuff and dates when they learn more.

The mayor of Agin, Ali Uslu, said the stockpile was probably sent to Turkey sometime in the 1960s.

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Stockpile of U.S. margarine in the roof of an evacuated school in eastern Elazıg province

The Marshall Plan, officially known as the European Recovery Program (ERP), was an American initiative passed in 1948 to support war-torn European economies

The programme took its name from the then Secretary of State George Marshall.

The UK paid the last of its war loans to the US and Canada in 2006.

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The roof of the evacuated school in eastern Elazıg province, where stockpile of U.S. margarine was found

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Story By: Lee BullenSub-EditorJoseph Golder,  Agency: Central European News

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