A roller-coaster page-turner which brings the reader on an treasure hunt across Europe, from the 1930’s to the present day on the trail of the missing Nazi treasures.
‘Polish “Gold Train” Hunters Start Searching for Nazi Underground Factory’ claims the 2016 newspaper headline, quoting Marcus Wallén. What is it about the lure of Nazi Gold that keeps us in thrall more than 70 years after the end of the WWII? Many books have been written about the subject, but none from the Northern European angle Marcus Wallén takes in his NAZI GOLD AND THE FIELD MARSHAL’S SECRET and none with the latest developments in the hunt for the missing gold.
So what’s the background? Between 1935-45, the Nazis systematically robbed the Jewish population of Germany and the occupied territories of their gold, art and cash. Once the bombing of Germany started, they felt the need to move the treasure trove, the German Federal reserve and the museums' invaluable art into salt-mines in the German areas of Thüringen and Merkers. After the war, much of the stolen loot remained unaccounted for. Rumour has it that the Nazis hid it; some say, stashed away on freight trains in tunnels leading to long-forgotten mines in the former German territory of Silesia, now in modern-day Poland. Clues also point to secretive Swiss bank accounts, caches in the German alps, and in forgotten letters between the son of a prominent Nazi diplomat and the Swedish explorer Sven Hedin, even hints to a treasure buried in a tomato patch.
In this engaging and fascinating account that doesn’t only cover the pursuit for the lost riches but gives a full account of WWII and post-war history of Europe from a financial perspective, Swedish journalist Wallén paints a picture of the key players and the theories as to the whereabouts of the hidden valuables, and the international treasure hunt for it.