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Led by the Silesian Bridge Basis, the dig within the village of Minkowskie is concentrating on an outdated orangery in a small space of the 14-hectare palace park.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 group of specialists will fastidiously take away layers of earth by hand as additionally it is being handled as an archaeological web site 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 group of specialists are fastidiously eradicating layers of earth by hand as additionally it is being handled as an archaeological web site to uncover the foundations of the orangery
The dig is being led by the Silesian Bridge Basis and is concentrating on an outdated orangery in a small space of the 14-hectare park on the palace (pictured)
The dig is going down within the grounds of the 18th century palace within the village of Minkowskie, southern Poland, and is anticipated to final for many of Could
Roman Furmaniak from the Basis mentioned: ‘We all know we’re wanting in the proper place as a result of the inspiration spoke a number of occasions to Inge earlier than she died and she or he informed 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 warfare 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 obtained 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 pricey Inge, I’ll fulfil my project, with God’s will. Some transports had been profitable. The remaining 48 heavy Reichsbank’s chests and all of the household chests I hereby entrust to you.
‘Solely you recognize the place they’re positioned. Could God aid you and assist me, fulfil my project.’
A number of days previous to the dig, the Basis mentioned it had stumbled upon a WWII German bayonet within the grounds of Inge’s outdated home and mentioned this was a transparent indication that they’re wanting in the proper 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 could 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 web site
Archaeologists are anticipated to be excavating the location for many of Could within the hope of discovering the lengthy misplaced treasures
The Basis mentioned it had stumbled upon a WWII German bayonet (pictured) within the grounds of the home a number of days previous to beginning the dig
The invention of the bayonet on the web site was, they mentioned, a transparent indication they had been within the appropriate place
The situation of the Minkowskie web site was revealed by secret paperwork – an SS officer’s diary and a map – that the treasure hunters obtained 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 web site 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 obtained 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 top of WWII to arrange a Fourth Reich
The diary, mentioned to have been written by a high-ranking SS officer beneath the pseudonym Michaelis, final yr revealed the placement of one other palace within the area the place it’s thought 28 tonnes of treasure is buried on the backside of a nicely.
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 in the course of the warfare 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 “dwelling” for the delivered chests and containers.’
It continues: ’48 chests from the Reichsbank, in good situation, had been hidden, very nicely coated with earth and “greened” with nonetheless residing crops.
‘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 upcoming arrival of the Crimson Military meant that the Germans needed to conceal 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 line with legend, the treasure was collected within the constructing of the police headquarters and packed into crates.
It was then transported beneath 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 in the course of the warfare was German territory. Proper: Roman Furmaniak, head of the Silesian Bridge basis main the hunt for the treasure, holding the diary
The palace in Minkowskie is the primary of 11 websites recognized within the paperwork as a spot the place the treasure might have been hidden
Through the years the palace (archive image) modified palms a number of occasions and after the warfare the Crimson Military and the Polish Military had been stationed there at completely different occasions
In line 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 would 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 web site within the village of Minkowskie
Excavators imagine the treasures contains gold cash, medals, jewelry, and valuables given by rich individuals within the metropolis to native Nazi police
Different deposits are mentioned to comprise gold cash, medals, jewelry and valuables deposited by rich individuals within the metropolis to the native Nazi police for safekeeping.
The diary describes one cache as containing 47 artworks 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.
Yet one more treasure stash is meant to comprise non secular objects gathered by Himmler’s Ahnenerbe, which hoovered up sacred gadgets from around the globe in an try to seek 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 communicate to begin digging on the different ten websites, the place we look forward to finding rather more.’
He added: ‘We’re described in all places as treasure hunters. Actually we wish nothing for ourselves.
‘The aim of the Quedlinburg Lodge and due to this fact the inspiration is handy these deposits over to their rightful homeowners within the pursuits of world heritage and as an act of atonement for the Second World Battle.’
Excavation work on the palace is anticipated 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 web site
Specialist excavation work on the palace is anticipated to proceed for many of Could