May 13, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Container Possibly Loaded with Nazi Gold Found Buried at Polish Palace

The hunt for gold and other stolen treasures hidden by Nazi soldiers began while World War II was winding down and continues to this day without much success. After fruitless hunts to South America, the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean or the Baltic Sea and other obvious places, one recent promising trail began in the diary of an SS officer and led to Poland, where a palace used as a brothel was alleged to be the hiding place for gold and other treasures worth hundreds of millions. That trail may have finally reached its end as well, but on a positive note – a large metal canister discovered using ground radar and reached by specialists digging by hand appears to be the one containing up to 10 tons of Nazi gold.

Will the canister look like thiis?

“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 colors show anomalies, in other words human interference in the ground.”

Roman Furmaniak, from the Silesian Bridge Foundation (Silesia is a historical region located mostly in Poland) is the leader of the search which began 10 years ago when the foundation received the SS officer’s diary. Clues in the diary pointed to an 18th century palace in Minkowskie once known as the Quedlinburg Lodge and used during the war as a brothel for high-ranking SS officers. Furmaniak identified a number of people who could have been involved in hiding the gold, which The Daily Mail reports was thought to include the so-called ‘Gold of Breslau’, which was stolen from police headquarters in what is now the Polish city of Wrocław under orders from SS head Heinrich Himmler to help set up a Fourth Reich. While the witnesses were dead, Furmaniak found enough supporting documentation to prove to the Polish government it was highly likely the gold was somewhere on the palace grounds. He finally received all of the necessary permissions in 2021 and began searching with ground-penetrating radar and careful digging.

“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.”

While Furmaniak believes the canister in Minkowskie contains £200 million ($243,848,000) in gold, the diary indicates other caches of treasures, art works, medals, jewelry, religious objects and valuables are buried in ten other locations, possibly on the same grounds. However, searches for those are dependent on proving the metal canister holds the gold. Unfortunately, opening it is yet another serious challenge for Furmaniak. He needs permission to excavate around the container and bring it to the surface. That requires additional permits and help from the Polish army because the canister may have been boobytrapped by the SS. While he waits for what he knows will take months for the permissions, Furmaniak fights off criticisms.

Of course the Nazis would have boobytrapped the treasure.

“We are described everywhere as treasure hunters. In fact we want nothing for ourselves. The goal of the Quedlinburg Lodge and therefore the foundation is to hand these deposits over to their rightful owners in the interests of world heritage and as an act of atonement for the Second World War.”

While some of the gold and treasures were looted by the Nazis, others were freely given to them by their owners in order to keep them safe until after the war. Nazis keeping things safe? What were they thinking?

The Daily Mail has a collection of photos of the palace, the diary and the excellent work being done by Roman Furmaniak and the Silesian Bridge Foundation to retrieve what may be the first cache of Nazi gold to be recovered.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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