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Treasure map release sparks hunt for real-life Nazi gold

By T.K. Randall
January 8, 2023 · Comment icon 7 comments

Who will be the first to find the gold ? Image Credit: Pixabay / Stevebidmead
Treasure hunters will soon be scouring the Dutch countryside for a cache of riches buried by German soldiers during WWII.
The story goes that during the final days of the Second World War, four German soldiers decided to bury a horde of riches in a field somewhere in the Dutch countryside.

Their stolen treasure consisted of gold, jewels, watches, diamonds and gemstones (worth over $15 million in today's money) all placed inside four ammunition cases and buried in the ground.

Now, decades later, the National Archives of the Netherlands has released a trove of documents to the public - including the map allegedly showing the location of this buried treasure.

"A lot of researchers, journalists and amateur archaeologists are really interested and excited," archives adviser Annet Waalkens told The Guardian.

The treasure is allegedly buried at the base of a poplar tree outside the village of Ommeren.
Its existence was only revealed because one of the soldiers who helped bury it - a man named Helmut S - let slip that it was there and that it had come from a bank that was bombed during the war.

This ultimately prompted multiple searches at the time, although the gold was never found.

Efforts to track Helmut down after the war also came up empty.

Some believe that the treasure was destroyed by bombing, while others think that it is still out there.

Whatever the case, the release of the map is likely to spark some concerted new attempts to find it.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by qxcontinuum 1 year ago
I think Helmut had taken it all and vanished to Argentina .  They won't find it there 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
Exasperated residents have appealed to treasure-hunters to stay away after they descended on the Dutch village of Ommeren searching for riches potentially worth millions, allegedly hidden by Nazi soldiers during World War Two. Now, throughout Ommeren there is evidence of unauthorised excavations. Discarded farming equipment which presumably activated metal detectors is strewn around freshly dug craters, gouged out of farmland and forests. "I moved here for the peace and tranquillity," said Sander, who was out walking his dog, Bouf. "Now the whole world knows about us." [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Piney 1 year ago
Why did they publicly release the map knowing this car crash would happen? It should of been given to the authorities especially if it was Jewish loot and live munitions.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters 12 months ago
Nothing to see here: Dutch village calls off search for Nazi loot A Dutch village that became the focus of a frenzied treasure hunt after a map allegedly showed Nazi loot buried there during the second world war has declared the search over – and said nothing was found. The small hamlet of Ommeren did conclude that there had indeed been treasure buried there, but that it was removed after the war. A ban on metal detectors remained in place, she said. “If people again try to go and find the treasure, we’ll enforce the ban.” [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Cho Jinn 12 months ago
I guess they have to go back to work…
Comment icon #6 Posted by Pat Mc 12 months ago
I am not surprised that they could not find it, the article says Nazi Gold in Dutch Village but then goes on to say that it had allegedly been buried in the German Countryside??
Comment icon #7 Posted by DanL 12 months ago

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