Four tonnes of Nazi gold found in buried 18th century palace canister, say WWII treasure hunters
Four tonnes of Nazi gold have been found in the grounds of an abandoned palace in southern Poland, say WWII treasure hunters.
The group calling itself the Silesian Bridge Foundation said it had it found a buried canister using geo-radar after pinpointing the location with the help of an old SS diary.
Measuring between 1.3 to 1.5 metres long and 50cm in diameter, the cylindrical metal canister was uncovered in the conservatory of an 18th century palace used by Hitler’s SS as a brothel.
Foundation head Roman Furmaniak told TFN: “… the shapes and colours show anomalies, in other words human interference in the ground.
“Metal has a different density to earth, and this is shown as a darker colour in the images.”
He added that the description of the object and its location match the information contained in the war diary.
After receiving the geo-radar results, the foundation received permission from heritage protection authorities for specialists to make a series of probing drills to examine the discovery site.
The results from those drills confirm unnatural interference in the ground, according to the foundation.
“The first drill we made showed unnatural contortions on one side. We made a second probe and received the same result on the other side. A third probe struck an object,” Furmaniak said.
To back up the claim, Furmaniak pointed to the presence of stones and rocks that should not be present in that type of terrain.
The foundation claims that the canister contains gold deposited at the Reichsbank in Breslau that was stolen by SS boss Heinrich Himmler in the last months of the war to fund the establishment of the Fourth Reich.
Furmaniak said: “Our information says that this particular deposit was hidden by an SS officer called Von Stein. The SS planned to use it to re-establish agriculture in Ukraine to feed the new Reich.”
The discovery was made in a palace in what is now the Polish village of Minkowskie just over 50 kilometres east of Wrocław.
The foundation says they identified the spot using secret documents and a treasure map that it received from the descendants of Waffen SS officers belonging to a secretive lodge that dates back over 1,000 years.
The cache of documents includes a wartime diary of an SS officer which identifies eleven locations of WWII treasure hidden in the last months of the war.
The Minkowskie palace is the first location that the foundation has searched.
According to the diary, an astonishing quantity of gold, art, valuables and religious artefacts were stashed away in safe hiding places across Lower Silesia to avoid them falling into the hands of the advancing Red Army.
The officer, named in the diary as Michaelis, was said to be the link between senior SS officers and local aristocrats who wanted help to protect their property from the Soviets.
The foundation claims that the diary belongs to a mysterious religious group known as the Quedlinburgers.
The small German town of Quedlinburg, in lower Saxony was strongly associated with Nazi cult worship in the 1930s and 1940s due to its links with the first German king Henry the Fowler in the 10th century.
About 10 years ago, the diary was made available to the foundation in Poland named Schlesische Brücke (Silesian Bridge).
Furmaniak claims that the Quedlinburg group includes the descendants of SS officers who now want to make a gesture of atonement for Poland’s suffering at the hands of Germany during World War Two.
He says that the Quedlinburg group and the foundation want any treasures found to be returned to their original owners.
The foundation says it is now waiting for permission to raise the canister to the surface.
They are also waiting for permission from army sappers as the foundation thinks the hiding place could have been boobytrapped by the SS.