Treasure hunters have began digging for 10 tonnes of Nazi gold at an 18th century palace in southern Poland.
Led by the Silesian Bridge Basis, the dig within the village of Minkowskie is concentrating on an previous orangery in a small space of the 14-hectare palace park.
It’s thought treasures, stolen on the orders of SS boss Heinrich Himmler to arrange a Fourth Reich, are buried there.
A crew of specialists will fastidiously take away layers of earth by hand as it’s also being handled as an archaeological website to uncover the foundations of the orangery.
Treasure hunters have began digging for 10 tonnes of Nazi gold at an 18th century palace in Minkowskie, southern Poland
A crew of specialists are fastidiously eradicating layers of earth by hand as it’s also being handled as an archaeological website to uncover the foundations of the orangery
The dig is being led by the Silesian Bridge Basis and is concentrating on an previous orangery in a small space of the 14-hectare park on the palace (pictured)
The dig is happening within the grounds of the 18th century palace within the village of Minkowskie, southern Poland, and is predicted to final for many of Could
Roman Furmaniak from the Basis mentioned: ‘We all know we’re wanting in the appropriate place as a result of the inspiration spoke a number of occasions to Inge earlier than she died and she or he instructed us to look right here.
‘We are going to dig to a depth of 5 metres. The positioning was secured by specialists 75 years in the past, so we want specialists now to uncover it.’
He added that they might discover 5 French prisoners of conflict who’re mentioned to have been murdered instantly after serving to to dig the hiding place.
The situation was revealed by secret paperwork – an SS officer’s diary and a map – that the treasure hunters acquired from the descendants of officers belonging to a secretive lodge courting again over 1,000 years.
Among the many bundle of paperwork is a letter from a senior SS officer calling himself von Stein to one of many ladies who labored on the palace and who later grew to become his lover.
The officer wrote: ‘My expensive Inge, I’ll fulfil my task, with God’s will. Some transports have been profitable. The remaining 48 heavy Reichsbank’s chests and all of the household chests I hereby entrust to you.
‘Solely the place they’re positioned. Could God provide help to and assist me, fulfil my task.’
A couple of days previous to the dig, the Basis mentioned it had stumbled upon a WWII German bayonet within the grounds of Inge’s previous home and mentioned this was a transparent indication that they’re wanting in the appropriate place.
Furmaniak mentioned: ‘We all know from the Quedlinberg Lodge that Inge had a bayonet and two weapons.
‘She would have hidden them as a result of if the Russians discovered them it might have been very harmful for her.’
It’s thought treasures, stolen on the orders of SS boss Heinrich Himmler to arrange a Fourth Reich, are buried on the website
Archaeologists are anticipated to be excavating the location for many of Could within the hope of discovering the lengthy misplaced treasures
Among the many bundle of paperwork is a letter (left) from a senior SS officer known as von Stein to one of many ladies who labored on the palace in Minkowskie and who later grew to become his lover and a diary (proper) that final 12 months revealed the situation of one other palace within the area the place it’s thought 28 tonnes of treasure is buried on the backside of a effectively
The Basis mentioned it had stumbled upon a WWII German bayonet (pictured) within the grounds of the home just a few days previous to beginning the dig
The invention of the bayonet on the website was, they mentioned, a transparent indication they have been within the appropriate place
The situation of the Minkowskie website was revealed by secret paperwork – an SS officer’s diary and a map – that the treasure hunters acquired from the descendants of officers
Roman Furmaniak from the Basis mentioned the group of specialist archaeologists will dig to a depth of 5 metres on the website within the palace’s orangery
Furmaniak mentioned the Basis had been led to the location by one of many ladies, Inga, who had labored on the palace
The situation was revealed by secret paperwork, a diary (pictured) and a map that the treasure hunters acquired from the descendants of SS officers belonging to a secretive lodge worshipped by Himmler and courting again over 1,000 years
The treasure was stolen on the orders of SS boss Heinrich Himmler (pictured) in the direction of the tip of WWII to arrange a Fourth Reich
The diary, mentioned to have been written by a high-ranking SS officer below the pseudonym Michaelis, final 12 months revealed the situation of one other palace within the area the place it’s thought 28 tonnes of treasure is buried on the backside of a effectively.
However the treasure hunters say they are going to begin digging on the new location as a result of the buried loot is simpler to entry.
The pencil-written pages of the diary are mentioned to determine 11 places throughout Decrease Silesia which earlier than and throughout the conflict was German territory.
An entry from March 12, 1945, referring to the treasure on the palace in Minkowskie says: ‘A trough has been dug within the orangery, which is a secure “residence” for the delivered chests and containers.’
It continues: ’48 chests from the Reichsbank, in good situation, have been hidden, very effectively coated with earth and “greened” with nonetheless residing vegetation.
‘Let windfall watch over us.’
The buried treasure is assumed to incorporate the so-called ‘Gold of Breslau’ which went lacking from police headquarters in what’s now the close by Polish metropolis of Wrocław.
Then a German metropolis, Breslau was one of many wealthiest in Hitler’s Third Reich. However, the approaching arrival of the Crimson Military meant that the Germans needed to cover tonnes of gold and valuables.
These included financial institution deposits from the Reichsbank in addition to personal German banks, and civilian deposits because the inhabitants had been urged to deposit gold, cash and jewelry.
In accordance with legend, the treasure was collected within the constructing of the police headquarters and packed into crates.
It was then transported below an SS guard from Breslau in the direction of what was then the city of Hirschberg, immediately’s Jelenia Góra in Poland, after which the Sudeten mountains.
However, quickly after departing, the path went useless and the gold has by no means been seen or heard of since. One of many theories is that it was stolen on Himmler’s orders to go in the direction of the creation of a Fourth Reich.
The pencil-written pages of the diary (left) are mentioned to determine 11 places throughout Decrease Silesia which earlier than and throughout the conflict was German territory. Proper: Roman Furmaniak, head of the Silesian Bridge basis main the hunt for the treasure, holding the diary
The dig, which began immediately, is predicted to uncover 10 tonnes of gold together with different valuables within the grounds of the 18th century palace (archive image) within the village of Minkowskie in southern Poland
The palace in Minkowskie is the primary of 11 websites recognized within the paperwork as a spot the place the treasure could have been hidden
Over time the palace (archive image) modified arms a number of occasions and after the conflict the Crimson Military and the Polish Military have been stationed there at totally different occasions
In accordance with legend, the treasure was collected within the constructing of the police headquarters , packed into crates and brought to a close-by hiding place that might have been the palace
The loot has not been seen because it was transported out of the world by the Nazis, however archaeologists are hoping to uncover it on the website within the village of Minkowskie
Excavators imagine the treasures contains gold cash, medals, jewelry, and valuables given by rich folks within the metropolis to native Nazi police
Hitler’s SS used the constructing as a brothel. Pictured: Hitler in 1945
Different deposits are mentioned to comprise gold cash, medals, jewelry and valuables deposited by rich folks within the metropolis to the native Nazi police for safekeeping.
The diary describes one cache as containing 47 artistic endeavors of worldwide significance, believed to be stolen from collections in France. The loot apparently contains works by Botticelli, Rubens, Cezanne, Carravagio, Monet, Dürer, Rafael and Rembrandt.
One more treasure stash is meant to comprise spiritual objects gathered by Himmler’s Ahnenerbe, which hoovered up sacred objects from around the globe in an try to search out proof for Hitler’s racial theories.
The palace in Minkowskie is the primary of 11 websites recognized within the paperwork held by the Basis, which has taken out a 10-year-lease on the constructing.
Furmaniak mentioned: ‘We’re making preparations as we converse to begin digging on the different ten websites, the place we look forward to finding far more.’
He added: ‘We’re described in every single place as treasure hunters. In reality we wish nothing for ourselves.
‘The purpose of the Quedlinburg Lodge and subsequently the inspiration is at hand these deposits over to their rightful homeowners within the pursuits of world heritage and as an act of atonement for the Second World Conflict.’
Excavation work on the palace is predicted to proceed for many of Could.
Furmaniak mentioned the Basis additionally plan to begin digging at ten different websites in hopes of discovering the lacking treasure
Specialist archaeologists are hoping to uncover 48 crates of Nazi gold after they discovered a German bayonet on the website
Specialist excavation work on the palace is predicted to proceed for many of Could