In June 1941, Soviet archaeologists excavated the tomb of Mongol Emperor Tamerlane (1336-1405). Why was this a bad idea?

Answer: Local Mongols considered that any who excavated such a sacred tomb would be cursed. In one way they were right: on the same day the tomb was opened Hitler’s armies invaded the Soviet Union (22 June 1941).

Source: The Forensic Historian by Robert C. Williams

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