An exterior shot of Minkowskie Palace.
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Treasure hunters believe they may have found a cache of stolen Nazi loot beneath a former palace.
Minkowskie Palace in Poland was used as a brothel by Adolf Hitler’s SS, according to reports.
A fabled stash of missing gold and priceless art might lie beneath the palace grounds, The Daily Mail reported.
Treasure hunters in Poland believe they may have found the site of a cache of stolen Nazi loot on the grounds of a former palace used by Adolf Hitler’s SS as a brothel, according to reports.
The Silesian Bridge Foundation said they had used ground-penetrating radar to pinpoint a large canister buried nine feet beneath an abandoned conservatory at the 18th-century palace near Minkowskie, southern Poland.
It was used as a secret brothel for Hitler’s SS during World War II, according to reports.
“From what we know and what we have researched, we think with 90% or maybe 100% that it is an object where the deposits are located,” Tomasz Gorski, a member of the Silesian Bridge Foundation, said, per The Times.
The foundation team now has to wait for permission to excavate the find because there are fears it may have been booby-trapped by Hitler’s retreating German Army.
The clues to the potential find’s whereabouts were contained in a diary, a bundle of documents, and a map that once belonged to an SS officer.
They were given to the foundation by a secretive Christian lodge based in Quedlinburg, a historic town in Germany. It was the center of Nazi cult worship in the 1930s and 1940s, The Times reported.
Roman Furmaniak, the foundation leader, has said that the Quedlinburg lodge includes the descendants of SS officers. Its work focuses on promoting German-Polish relations, per The Times.
The Christian lodge handed over the diary as a gesture of atonement for Poland’s suffering during the war, The Times said.
In the handwritten pages penned by a member of Hitler’s elite soldiers was a reference to “48 heavy Reichsbank’s chests,” The Daily Mail reported.
“Only you know where they are located,” wrote a senior SS officer called von Stein to a girl who worked at the palace, per The Daily Mail. “May God help you and help me fulfill my assignment.”
It could be a reference to the so-called “Gold of Breslau.”
According to Second World War mythology, SS leader Heinrich Himmler ordered his soldiers to take a vast quantity of gold from the then German city of Breslau, now Wroclaw, and to hide it in Lower Silesia in the final months of World War II.
The fabled crates of gold have not been seen since, despite numerous searches.
“Several people took part in hiding the deposits in Minkowskie, one of them was an officer called von Stein,” said Furmaniak last year in an interview with MailOnline. “He used to stay in the palace because he had a lover there.”
The diary also describes one cache as containing priceless works of art by Rembrandt, Monet, and Cezanne, which the SS seized as the Red Army advanced, according to The Daily Mail.
Treasure hunters have been searching for caches of the Nazi treasure for decades. In 2015 and 2018, there was excitement over claims that a lost Nazi gold train had been discovered buried underground in the same region as the Minkowskie Palace. In the end, it proved to be yet another failed quest.
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