In their five-year rampage across Europe, Hitler and his Nazi cohorts looted countless priceless artworks and other treasures.
And as their evil empire began to crumble, the Nazis are thought to have stashed away a fortune valued at over £20billion, in hope of one day retrieving their ill-gotten gains and financing a new Reich.
And where there are tales of treasure, there are treasure hunters.
An SS officer who called himself “Michaelis” who was in charge of transporting some of Hitler's treasure to hiding places across Poland left a diary that could be the key to tracking down some of these irreplaceable artefacts.
For decades after World War 2, the "Michaelis" diary was kept secret by a group of Freemasons, many of whom had been elite SS officers during the war.
But in 2019, according to Polish news site TFN, the lodge gave the diary to a Polish foundation named Silesian Bridge – offering them the priceless treasures as "an apology for World War II”.
One of the sites named in the diary is a palace in Minkowskie, Poland, that was used as a brothel for SS troops during World War 2. It is said to contain some 48 crates of gold buried by the Nazis in the closing days of the war.
A team of treasure hunters, following clues in a diary entry written by Michaelis on March 12, 1945, is on the track of the 10 tonne stash of bullion and, they say, could unearth it as soon as next week.
The gold in the 48 chests, if it’s actually there, could be worth up to £500million.
Another entry in the diary mentions another Polish palace, which is alleged to conceal a cache of gold worth billions of Euros.
In an abandoned well 200 feet below the 16th-century Hochberg Palace in Roztoka, southwest Poland, the Nazis are alleged to have placed another hoard.
Piotr Gliński, Poland’s minister of culture and national heritage, says the region has innumerable caves, mines and tunnels, "as well as castles and palaces with cavernous dungeons," that could provide suitable hiding places for even very large works of art.
A unique jewel-encrusted Amber Room built for the Tsars of Russia to decorate the Catherine Palace near St Petersburg was stolen by the Nazis during Operation Barbarossa. It was last seen in Königsberg, a Baltic port city that was then in Germany.
It was thought to have been loaded onto a ship, the Karlsruhe, that was subsequently sunk by Russian bombers
But a trio of scientists using specialist radar imaging believe they have located the Amber Room in a cave in the Hartenstein Hills, in Germany. The bad news is that it also appears to be surrounded by deadly booby traps.
The notorious Nazi "treasure train" buried near small Polish town of Walbrzych is believed to contain a fortune in artworks, gold and precious gems. But the train also thought to be wired to explode if disturbed. Despite numerous searches the train has never been located.
However, one of the searchers, Piotr Koper, discovered a series of large and "priceless" 16th-century wall paintings hidden behind a plaster wall while doing renovation work in an old palace in 2019, suggesting that there are still many pieces of Nazi loot out there waiting to be discovered.
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