A mysterious golden pot discovered in a Bavarian lake in 2001 has been the focus of interest for archaeologists, art dealers -- and now the German and Swiss police. Its convoluted history involves Nazi cults, treasure hunters and modern-day profiteers.So there it was, the legendary "Holy Grail" -- in a safe not far from the Zurich airport. Investor Svetlana K. from Kazahkstan had been prepared for almost anything on that day last March.But when she saw what had been described as "probably the most important art-historical discovery in the Western Hemisphere" in front of her, all the other superlatives used in the four-pageprospectus faded into the background.
of such pre-eminence has probably never been introduced onto the open
art market," the document stated, adding that, "Given the proper
promotion, experts believe its value could reach a sum of around €1
billion" ($1.4 billion).
A veritable dream bargain
seemed to be just within reach: The vessel -- made of 11 kilograms
(24.3 lbs) of gold, decorated with Celtic ornaments and said to be more
than 2,000 years old -- did indeed exercise an irresistible fascination
on the beholder.
But the woman from
Kazakhstan had been warned that there was one hitch: She had to snap up
the bargain quickly.
After all, an investment opportunity like this
doesn't come along every day, she was told. That made sense to Svetlana
K. and her business partner Vladimir T., and a shorttime later they
transfered the equivalent of €1.1 million ($1.5 million) to Switzerland
via a Moscow bank, in exchange for a share of the potential earnings
from the marketing of the golden pot.
The Swiss million-dollar
deal represents the most recent climax in an adventure story that began
with the discovery of the cauldron in the Chiemsee, a lake in Bavaria,
in 2001. From the very beginning the artifact has been accompanied by
an aura of mystery. Whether it involved occult Nazi groups, gloomy
Celtic rituals or even black magic intrigues -- the golden pot could
always be made to somehow fit into the story. There were even rumors
that the Bavarian state government was holding back secret analyses of
the heathen pot -- "presumably in response to pressure from the
Catholic Church." Others claimed that coded messages lay concealed
inside the vessel's goldenr......
Anthony Bragalia puts forward his views on the Nazi UFOs phenomenon, the concept that the Germans developed and flew a number of disc-shaped craft during World War 2. How credible is this claim ?" A very disturbing theme recurs from time to timein the UFO literature. Some maintain that Nazi scientists had perfected advanced aerial craft including "flying saucers" - both in Germany during WWIIand as captured "...Did Hitler have a base in the Antarctic?
The Nazis, some believe, established a secret base in Antarctica to which they spirited Hitler at the war's end, fought off British special forces and an American military taskforce, partly by shooting down US planes using flying saucers. The Americans eventually destroyed the base with nuclear weapons in the 1950s. Since then, various governments have striven to conceal this.In this light, it's no effort to re-imagine Antarctic explorations proposed under the aegis of IPY. A quick tour ...Nazis were close to WWII stealth bomber
The Nazis were very close to completing work on an early prototype stealth bomber aircraft towards the end of World War II, the shape and coating of the craft would have rendered it virtually invisible to enemy radar."Nazi engineers were dangerously close to building a stealthwarplane shielded from radar that could have changed the outcome of World War II. . " View: Full Article | Source: Telegraph...UK in astrology plot against Hitler
Britain"s spymasters became convinced that astrology could hold the key to the defeat of Adolf Hitler during the Second World War, it has emerged. Secret files released by the National Archives show how intelligence chiefs were hoodwinked into recruiting a bogus Hungarian nobleman to study the Nazi leader"s horoscope in the hope of penetrating his military plans.Despite warnings from the Security Service, MI5, that Louis de Wohl was a "charlatan", he managed to persuade senior figures in the int...Could WWII have been avoided?
History tells of Irishman Michael Keogh who in 1919 saved Hitler from being kicked to death by a mob.If the heroic deed that took place 20 years before the horrors of the second world war had never occured would the war have actually happened at all ?
It"s the ultimate imponderable inthe"counterfactual" school of history: Could the world have been spared its greatest cataclysm - and more than 70million deaths - but for the unwitting intervention of one forgotten Irishman?
V...Nazis tried to create army of talking dogs
Jan Bondeson reveals that in the 1920s the Germans attempted to take advantage of dog intelligence.Hitler allegedly agreed to have an "animal talking school" set up near Hanover in an attempt to unlock the animals" full potential. Scientists believed that one day dogs would fight alongside troops and help free up manpower by acting asguards at concentration camps. In his new book Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities, CardiffUniversity historian Jan Bondeson mines obscure ...Should the Navy have sunk the Bismarck?
Its one of the great British triumps of WW2, but did the German crew attempt to surrender ?The son of one of the sailors who witnessed the ship"s demise, Tommy Byers, claimed to his dying day that the German crew of the Bismarck has tried desperately to communicate a message of surrender. Hoisting a black flag, sending a morse code message and even resorting to a man waving with semaphore flags theattempts at surrender by the Germans were seeminly ignored as the ship was destroyed wit...Did Marlene Dietrich plot to murder Hitler?
A new autobiography about sex siren Marlene Dietrich reveals she once plotted to murder Hitler.In addition to her alleged plot to assassinate Hitler, Dietrich also attempted to change history in another way: she had plans to seduce King Edward VIII from Wallis Simpson, in order to prevent his abdication. One day, according to Fairbanks, she asked for his help in an extraordinary plan. She would agree to make one film in Germany, on condition that she could be alone with the Fuhrer....Did Hitler escape to Argentina ?
A new book has challenged the idea that Hitler killed himself in Berlin and that he"d fled to Argentina."There is no forensic evidence for his, or Eva Braunís deaths, and the stories from the eyewitnesses to their continued survival in Argentina are compelling," says author Gerard Williams. Williams contends that Hitler and Eva Braun fled to Argentina wherethey lived out their lives and raised two daughters. A new book has claimed that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler did not killhimself...Man claims to be Hitlers grandson
56-year-old Philippe Loret believes that his father Jean-Marie Loret was Hitler"s secret lovechild.Philippe had avoided going public with his claim without sufficient evidence which came in the form of the diary of soldier Alan Wilkes who visited the very house in which Philippe"s father was conceived. "An interesting day today," Wilkes wrote. "Visited the house where Hitler stayed as a corporal in the last war, saw thewoman who had a baby by him and she told us that the baby, a son, ...