Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Treasure hunters to dig up Hitler’s gold ‘worth £500m’ hidden under Nazi brothel

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Treasure hunters are planning to dig up what could be 48 crates of Adolf Hitler's Nazi gold worth nearly half a billion pounds at a palace used by the SS as a brothel.

The potentially lucrative dig, which starts next week, is hoped to uncover a whopping 10 tonnes of gold along with other valuables at a palace in the village of Minkowskie in southern Poland.

The treasure was stolen on the order of Heinrich Himmler, the fearsome boss of security force the SS, towards the end of the Second World War to set up a hypothetical Fourth Reich.

It comes as the 76th anniversary of Hitler's death approaches on Friday.

The potential haul is thought to include gold which went missing from police headquarters in what is now the Polish city of Wroclaw, and it is also thought to include jewellery and valuables from the private collections of wealthy Germans living in the region.

The location was revealed by secret documents, an SS officer's diary and a map that the treasure hunters received from the descendants of officers.

Roman Furmaniak, head of the Silesian Bridge foundation leading the treasure hunt, told MailOnline: "Several people took part in hiding the deposits in Minkowskie.

"One of them was called von Stein. He used to stay in the palace because he had a lover there.

"Due to its location it was often visited by high-ranking SS officers who treated it like a brothel."

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A woman called Inge was in charge of keeping an eye on the lucrative loot.

Mr Furmaniak continued: "She was in love with the handsome officer in a black SS uniform. She believed that she would have to stay there for a year, maybe two, then it would all be over."

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He added: "If they had dug a hole, they would have taken what they wanted and then left the hole. We have seen this in history many times in Poland."

At the end of the war, the region fell into Soviet hands and the whole German population was expelled.

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To blend in with the new population, Inge changed her appearance and identity. She eventually married a local man and continued to watch over the treasure until her death 60 years later.

Now in a dilapidated state and in private hands, the Silesian Bridge foundation has taken out a long-term lease on the palace in Poland.

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