Adolf Hitler ordered 28 tons of gold, dozens of pieces of art, jewelry and ancient treasures to be hidden in 11 strategic points across Poland.
The handwritten, hard-to-decipher diary was penned by SS ‘standartenführer Egon Ollenhauer.’
The treasures were hidden across Poland in the last months of the war as the advancing Red Army forced the Natis retreat.
It has been found that Hitler’s SS eventually undertook a large-scale operation where more than 260 Nazi trucks were loaded with valuables including gold, silver, and other precious objects looted from populations across Nazi-held Europe.
The SS officers wanted to protect the treasure from the Soviets.
The diary reveals a detailed list of eleven locations were SS official buried the treasures.
Scholars believe that more than 28 tons go gold are hidden in the treasure caches.
But in addition to containing golden coins, medals, jewelry and a plethora of different artifacts deposited by wealthy people in Wrocław to the local Nazi, the diary of the SS officer reveals the treasures also include as many as 47 pieces of art of great historic importance.
Some of the 11 treasure caches are also believed to hide religious objects that were looted by the Ahnenerbe, established by Heinrich Himmler, the Reichsführer of the SS.
The Nazi government used the Ahnenerbe’s research to justify many of its policies.
For instance, the think tank’s claim that archaeological evidence indicated that the ancient Aryans lived across eastern Europe was cited in justification of German military expansion into that region.
The various items are believed to have been looted from collections France, including works by Botticelli, Rubens, Cezanne, Carravagio, Monet, Dürer, Raffael and Rembrandt, reports the First News.
Roman Furmaniak from the Schlesische Brücke (Silesian Bridge) Foundation which now owns the diary explained to The First News: “About ten years ago, after many discussions, the Quedlinburger lodge decided to hand the diary to the foundation.
“We are releasing information about the diary now as we wanted to wait until all persons who could be connected to the events and the diary had passed away, particularly officers of the Waffen SS. This was the wish of the Quedlinburger lodge.”