Germans Find Hidden Nazi Gold

Gold pinpointed in cavern, stolen chamber of the czars could be nearby
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2008 7:44 AM CST
Germans Find Hidden Nazi Gold
General Dwight Eisenhower, commander of Allied Forces inspects gold bars taken from Jews by the Nazis and stashed in the Heilbron Salt Mines May 3, 1945 in Germany. The treasures were uncovered by allied forces after the defeat of Nazi Germany. Treasure hunters in Germany say they've now found a huge...   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Treasure hunters in Germany have announced they've found a secret stash of Nazi gold in an underground cavern and they believe it could be from the looted Amber Room of the Russian czars, Der Speigel reports. Instruments have detected what could be 2 tons of gold in the cavern near a town on the Czech border. The site was pinpointed using coordinates found among the belongings of a former Luftwaffe staffer who died recently.

The fabulous Amber Room was dismantled by the Nazis and moved to Germany from occupied Russia, but all trace of it disappeared as the war drew to a close. "A friend told me before he died that the Nazis sent trainloads of valuables to this area throughout the spring of 1945," said the leader of the search. Further investigation will have to wait until explosives experts have checked for booby traps. (Read more Nazi stories.)

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