Saturday, October 12, 2013

Nazi Gold Hunter zeros in on Bavaria

According to Spiegel Online, Adolf Hitler ordered his private secretary, Martin Bormann, to bury a hoard of ill-gotten bullion somewhere in the Bavarian hills during the last days of the Third Reich.

Bormann was then instructed to imbed a series of letters, figures and runes on the sheet music that would, when deciphered, lend the coordinates of the treasure.

The score was then supposed to be couriered to Munich. But it never arrived.
Some 50 years later, Dutch journalist Karl Hammer Kaatee came across the document and went on to perform a series of abortive digs. But finally, with no gold in sight, he decided to make the supposed map public.
It is well-known that the Nazis hid much of the gold, silver and jewels plundered during their conquests. The regime executed a policy of looting the assets of its victims to finance the war, collecting the looted assets in top-secret central depositories.

Much of it included valuables confiscated from prisoners arriving at concentration camps before it was melted down into bullion. As the war drew to a close, they desperately tried to 'make it disappear' instead of letting it fall into allied hands. Much of it still remains unaccounted for.