“Treasure hunters have located them and are starting excavations.”
– The value of the buried is estimated at about $ 700 million.
A Polish foundation that has been searching for years for the mythical treasures of the Nazis hidden at the end of World War II has announced that 10 tons of Nazi gold have been found. It is believed that it was stolen and hidden by the Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler for the creation of the Fourth Reich.
Excavations are due to begin this week in the basement of a palace in the village of Minkowski in Poland, which was used as a brothel by the SS during the war, the British Daily Mail reported.
The hopes are that during the excavations
will be found
worth a total of about 500 million British pounds (about $ 700 million). Other jewels are expected to be found, including many valuable jewelry.
The “treasure hunters” established the location of the “vault” thanks to secret documents and a map of the descendants of SS officers. It is believed to be the famous Breslau gold, which disappeared from the city’s police headquarters at the end of the war. The mystery around him is so great that there are still many legends.
Among the documents found is a letter from a high-ranking SS officer named Von Stein to a girl who worked in a brothel in the palace and later became his permanent mistress. The SS man wrote to Inga: “I entrust you with the other 48 boxes of the Reichsbank and all the family chests. Only you know where they are. ”
In addition, the military diary of another SS officer under the pseudonym Michaelis indicates the location in the region of Lower Silesia and Opole of 11 hiding places with gold, as well as stolen works of art, bank deposits, religious artifacts and other valuables.
In the diary there are notes from March 12, 1945, in which
in the palace in
“48 boxes from the Reichsbank in good condition are very well hidden underground and covered with still living plants. May providence protect us. ” The notes draw attention to the former greenhouses of the palace, but apparently the mystery is not so easy to guess.
Roman Furmanyak, head of the Silesian Bridge Foundation, which is leading the search, says the operation to hide the gold was under the control of the aforementioned Michaelis and Prof. Gunther Grundman, in charge of the Nazi looting, who prepared 80 sites to hide the gold of Hitler and his entourage. At the end of the war, Grundman identified the 11 most closely guarded hideouts for Himmler’s covert operation.
“Several people took part in the hiding of the deposits in Minkovski. One of them was an officer named Von Stein. He used to stay in the palace because he had a mistress there. Due to its good location, the palace, which was used by the Nazis as a brothel, was often visited by high-ranking officers. “
According to the documents left
Von Stein was
who enjoyed torturing his victims before killing them. His mistress, Inge, was assigned by him to keep an eye on the hideout. “Inge believed she would stay in the palace for a year or two until it was all over. “No one then believed that the region would soon fall into the hands of the Soviet army,” Furmanyak said. He is convinced that the treasure has been preserved because Inge remained in the area and supervised the hiding place for 60 years for the rest of her life.
“For two months in 1945, she hid in the woods from the Russians. And when she returned, everything seemed intact. If the Russians had found the place, they would have dug a hole, taken whatever they wanted, and left it unburied. We have seen this in Poland many times during different historical periods, “said the head of the Polish foundation.
When the borders changed after the end of the war, the German population of the district was deported under the new communist leadership, and in its place came Poles from western Ukraine. It is believed that Inge managed to change her appearance and obtain false documents so as to merge with her Polish surroundings. She married a local man.
The palace in the village of Minkowski, about 50 km east of Wroclaw, dates from the 18th century.
It was built by
in rococo style. After World War II, the palace was used by the Red Army and Polish troops, then became the seat of the local council, kindergarten and cinema.
It is currently private property used by the Silesian Bridge Foundation.
Last year, the organization published the location of another of the 11 secret hiding places of the Nazis in the castle of Count Hochbert in the village of Roztoka in Lower Silesia. It is assumed that 28 tons of gold are hidden there. There is evidence that
it was hidden
in the well on
64 m underground,
which was then blown up and completely obliterated. As the discovery of this treasure will be extremely difficult, the foundation has now turned its attention to the palace in Minkowski, where the task should be much easier.
Much of the diaries available to Nazi treasure hunters were obtained from a Masonic lodge in the town of Quedlinburg in Saxony-Anhalt. The history of the lodge dates back to the times of the Holy Roman Empire and the first German king Heinrich I Ptitselov in the early ninth century.
SS chief Heinrich Himmler was obsessed with the personality of the medieval king and
thought it was
The Nazis used Heinrich Ptitselov’s fame to legitimize their own power and performed rituals on his grave in the Quedlinburg monastery on the anniversary of his death. Himmler considered the town his Camelot (the place where King Arthur gathered his knights at the Round Table). In the 1930s, the members of the lodge allied with Hitler and became part of the elite of the Third Reich.
Nevertheless, some of them were involved in some of the assassination attempts on the Fuhrer, and the handing over of the documents to the Polish Foundation was something of a belated gesture of compensation for the suffering caused to the Polish people. Nazi treasure hunters claim that their mission is to return the loot to the real owners. Furmanyak added that his institution had all the permits from the Ministry of Culture and that it had begun investigations into other secret Nazi hideouts of fabulous treasures.