Wednesday 11 May 2022 09:02 AM Treasure hunters seeking Nazi gold worth £200MILLION say they discovered a 5ft ... trends now

Wednesday 11 May 2022 09:02 AM Treasure hunters seeking Nazi gold worth £200MILLION say they discovered a 5ft ... trends now
Wednesday 11 May 2022 09:02 AM Treasure hunters seeking Nazi gold worth £200MILLION say they discovered a 5ft ... trends now

Wednesday 11 May 2022 09:02 AM Treasure hunters seeking Nazi gold worth £200MILLION say they discovered a 5ft ... trends now

Treasure hunters digging for Nazi gold say they have found a metal canister which could contain four tons of looted WWII treasure.

Lying around 10ft below the surface, the canister is thought to be between 4 and 5ft in length and 50cm in diameter.

The discovery was made using a geo radar search of an abandoned conservatory at an 18th century palace in the village of Minkowskie in southern Poland.

The dig which began in May last year at the palace which was used by Hitler's SS as a brothel is hoped to uncover 10 tonnes of gold along with other valuables in the grounds.

Treasure hunters digging for Nazi gold say they have found a metal canister which could contain four tons of looted treasure. Pictured: A tube above ground shows the area where they say the canister is buried

Treasure hunters digging for Nazi gold say they have found a metal canister which could contain four tons of looted treasure. Pictured: A tube above ground shows the area where they say the canister is buried

A visualisation of what the Silesian Bridge foundation says the area may have looked like when the Nazis were burying the canister

A visualisation of what the Silesian Bridge foundation says the area may have looked like when the Nazis were burying the canister

The discovery was made using a geo radar search of an abandoned conservatory at an 18th century palace in the village of Minkowskie in southern Poland

The discovery was made using a geo radar search of an abandoned conservatory at an 18th century palace in the village of Minkowskie in southern Poland

The discovery was made using a geo radar search (pictured) of an abandoned conservatory at an 18th century palace in the village of Minkowskie

The discovery was made using a geo radar search (pictured) of an abandoned conservatory at an 18th century palace in the village of Minkowskie

The dig which began in May last year at the palace which was used by Hitler's SS as a brothel is hoped to uncover 10 tonnes of gold along with other valuables in the grounds

The dig which began in May last year at the palace which was used by Hitler's SS as a brothel is hoped to uncover 10 tonnes of gold along with other valuables in the grounds 

The location was revealed by secret documents, a diary (pictured) and a map that the treasure hunters received from the descendants of SS officers belonging to a secretive lodge worshipped by Himmler and dating back over 1,000 years

The location was revealed by secret documents, a diary (pictured) and a map that the treasure hunters received from the descendants of SS officers belonging to a secretive lodge worshipped by Himmler and dating back over 1,000 years

The treasure was stolen on the orders of SS boss Heinrich Himmler (pictured) towards the end of WWII to set up a Fourth Reich

The treasure was stolen on the orders of SS boss Heinrich Himmler (pictured) towards the end of WWII to set up a Fourth Reich 

The treasure was stolen on the orders of SS boss Heinrich Himmler towards the end of WWII to set up a Fourth Reich.

It is thought to include the so-called 'Gold of Breslau' which went missing from police headquarters in what is now the nearby Polish city of Wrocław.

It is also thought to include jewellery and valuables from the private collections of wealthy Germans who lived in the region and who handed their possessions to the SS in order to protect them from being looted by the advancing Red Army.

Roman Furmaniak, from the Silesian Bridge Foundation which is leading the search, said that the Geo-radar readings from the latest search revealed 'anomalies'.

He said: '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.'

'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.'

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 belonging to a secretive lodge dating back over 1,000 years.

Among the bundle of documents is a letter from a senior SS officer to one of the girls who worked at the palace and who later became his lover.

The officer wrote: 'My dear Inge, I will fulfil my assignment, with God's will. Some transports were successful.

'The remaining 48 heavy Reichsbank's chests and all the family chests I hereby entrust to you.

'Only you know where they are located. May God help you and help me, fulfil my assignment.'

Among the bundle of documents is a letter (pictured) from a senior SS officer called von Stein to one of the girls who worked at the palace in Minkowskie and who later became his lover. The officer wrote: 'My dear Inge, I will fufill my assignment, with God's will. Some transports were successful. The remaining 48 heavy Reichsbank's chests and all the family chests I hereby entrust to you. 'Only you know where they are located. May God help you and help me, fulfil my assignment'

Among the bundle of documents is a letter from a senior SS officer called von Stein to one of the girls who worked at the palace in Minkowskie and who later became his lover. The officer wrote: 'My dear Inge, I will fufill my assignment, with God's will. Some transports were successful. The remaining 48 heavy Reichsbank's chests and all the family chests I hereby entrust to you. Only you know where they are located. May God help you and help me, fulfil my assignment'

Roman Furmaniak, from the Silesian Bridge Foundation which is leading the search, said that the Geo-radar readings from the latest search revealed 'anomalies'

Roman Furmaniak, from the Silesian Bridge Foundation which is leading the search, said that the Geo-radar readings from the latest search revealed 'anomalies' 

Furmaniak said the Foundation had been led to the site by one of the girls, Inga, who had worked at the palace

Furmaniak said the Foundation had been led to the site by one of the girls, Inga, who had worked at the palace

The dig is taking place in the grounds of the 18th century palace in the village of Minkowskie, Poland

The dig is taking place in the grounds of the 18th century palace in the village of Minkowskie, Poland

The diary describes one cache as containing 47 works of art of international importance, believed to be stolen from collections in France.

The loot apparently includes works by Botticelli, Rubens, Cezanne, Carravagio, Monet, Dürer, Rafael and Rembrandt.

Other deposits are said to contain gold coins, medals, jewellery and valuables deposited by wealthy people in the city to the local Nazi police for safekeeping.

The Silesian Bridge Foundation is now waiting for permission to raise the canister to the surface.

Permission also needs to be obtained from army sappers as the foundation says that the hiding place could have been boobytrapped by the SS.

Yet another treasure stash at the palace is supposed to contain religious objects gathered by Himmler's Ahnenerbe, which hoovered up sacred items from around the world in an attempt to find evidence for Hitler's racial theories.

The palace in Minkowskie is the first of 11 sites across Lower Silesia identified in the pencil-written pages of the diary held by the Foundation, which has taken out a 10-year-lease on the building

Furmaniak said last year: ‘We are making preparations as we speak to start digging at the other ten sites, where we expect to find much more.’

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