A group of “treasure hunters”, who have been searching for “Nazi gold” for years, announced that they found in Poland a chest of metal, hidden more than 3 meters deep, that could hold four tons of the looted treasures by Nazi leader Adolf Himmler In the Second World War.
The mysterious chest, more than 1.50 cm long and 50 in diameter, was found thanks to a georadar search in an abandoned palace from the 18th century, in the town of Minkowskie (south of Poland49 km from Wrocław).
Hunters now dig thoroughly on the grounds of the palace, which 80 years ago served as a brothel for members of the Waffen H.Hthe elite body of Adolf Hitlerand expect to find a total of 10 tons of gold and other valuables.
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Roman Furmaniakof the Silesian Bridge Foundationwhich is leading the search, said geo-radar readings from the latest search revealed “anomalies” on the ground and that a probe “hit an object” underground, showing “human interference” exists.
The foundation said, however, that it still cannot access the metal chest because they need a government permit to do so. In addition, they are cautious because in the hiding place and the 14 hectares of palace grounds could be booby-trapped by the SS.
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The supposedly hidden treasure in Minkowskie was stolen on the orders of SS chief Heinrich Himmler (1900-1945) towards the end of World War II in order to have funds to establish a Fourth Reich after the fall of Hitler.
The researchers believe that the treasure includes the so-called “Breslau Gold”, which disappeared from the police headquarters from the polish city Wrocthewas well as gold coins, jewelry, and valuables from the private collections of wealthy Germans living in the region.
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Known as Breslau when it was part of Germany, wrocław was one of the cities richest in Hitler’s Third Reich. But, the imminent arrival of the Red Army -from the USSR- caused the Germans to hide tons of gold, bank deposits, jewelry, art and other valuables.
According to an SS officer’s diary, the loot includes 47 works of art of international importance, including works by teachers like Botticelli, Rubens, Cezanne, Carravagio, Monet, Dürer, Raphael and Rembrandt, which are believed to have been stolen from collections in France.
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The researchers also believe that the palace grounds hide dozens of religious objects gathered by the Ahnenerbethat is, the “Society of studies for the ancient history of the spirit”, an SS department created by Himmler with the mission of finding proof of Hitler’s racial theories.
According to legend, the treasure was collected from the police headquarters building and packed in boxes which would later be transported by an SS guard from Breslau to what was then the town of Hirschberg and then the Sudeten Mountains.
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But shortly after the troops left, the trail of the treasure was lost. One of the theories is that was stolen on Himmler’s order to help create a Fourth Reich.
The location was revealed by documents that had remained secret until now, the diary of an SS officer and a map that investigators received from the descendants of officers belonging to the secret lodge from Quedlinburg, with 1,000 years of history.
Furmaniak said the lodge, a partner of Hitler during the 1930s and 1940s, made the diary and documents available to his foundation as a “gesture of atonement” for the suffering of Poles at the hands of Germany during the war.
Inge, the guardian of the treasure, took the secret of its location to her grave
Among the documents investigated is a letter from the Nazi official to one of the girls who worked in the palace and who later became his lover: “My dear Inge, I will fulfill my task, with the will of God. Some transports were successful. wrote him.
“The remaining 48 heavy chests of the reichsbank and all family chests I hereby entrust to you. Only you know where they are. May God help you and help me fulfill my mission”, the letter ends.
“She was in love with the handsome officer in a black SS uniform. They were like gods. She believed that she would have to stay there for a year, maybe two, then it would all be over,” Furmaniak recounted.
He continued: “No one believed then that the region would come under the control of the Soviet Union. There was a period of two months in 1945 when he had to hide in the woods from the Russians. But when he came back the area had not been disturbed.”
At the end of the war, when the region was handed over to the Soviets, the entire German population was expelled and the Poles who had been living in western Ukraine arrived. To mingle with the new population, Inge changed her appearance and identity, and continued to guard the treasure until her death 60 years later..
Photos: Europa Press / The Daily Mail
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