Hitlers Holy Relics: : A True Story of Nazi Plunder and the Race to Recover the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire by Sidney D. KirkpatrickFrom Paris to Stalingrad, the Nazis systematically plundered all manner of art and antiquities. But the first and most valuable treasures they looted were the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. In Hitler’s Holy Relics, bestselling author Sidney Kirkpatrick tells the riveting and never-before-told true story of how an American college professor turned Army sleuth recovered these cherished symbols of Hitler’s Thousand-Year Reich before they could become a rallying point in the creation of a Fourth and equally unholy Reich.
Anticipating the Allied invasion of Nazi Germany, Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler had ordered a top-secret bunker carved deep into the bedrock beneath Nurnberg castle. Inside the well-guarded chamber was a specially constructed vault that held the plundered treasures Hitler valued the most: the Spear of Destiny (reputed to have been used to pierce Christ’s side while he was on the cross) and the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, ancient artifacts steeped in medieval mysticism and coveted by world rulers from Charlemagne to Napoleon. But as Allied bombers rained devastation upon Nurnberg and the U.S. Seventh Army prepared to invade the city Hitler called “the soul of the Nazi Party,” five of the most precious relics, all central to the coronation ceremony of a would-be Holy Roman Emperor, vanished from the vault. Who took them? And why? The mystery remained unsolved for months after the war’s end, until the Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, ordered Lieutenant Walter Horn, a German-born art historian on leave from U.C. Berkeley, to hunt down the missing treasures.To accomplish his mission, Horn must revisit the now-rubble-strewn landscape of his youth and delve into the ancient legends and arcane mysticism surrounding the antiquities that Hitler had looted in his quest for world domination. Horn searches for clues in the burnt remains of Himmler’s private castle and follows the trail of neo-Nazi “Teutonic Knights” charged with protecting a vast hidden fortune in plundered gold and other treasure. Along the way, Horn has to confront his own demons: how members of his family and former academic colleagues subverted scholarly research to help legitimize Hitler’s theories of Aryan supremacy and the Master Race. What Horn discovers on his investigative odyssey is so explosive that his final report will remain secret for decades.
Drawing on unpublished interrogation and intelligence reports, as well as on diaries, letters, journals, and interviews in the United States and Germany, Kirkpatrick tells this riveting and disturbing story with cinematic detail and reveals— for the first time—how a failed Vienna art student, obsessed with the occult and dreams of his own grandeur, nearly succeeded in creating a Holy Reich rooted in a twisted reinvention of medieval and Church history.
Prussian Crown Jewels
It reads like a story taken from a best-selling crime novel, yet it is a true criminal case of a jewel heist staged in a castle in the s, starring U. The tale is rife with deception, conspiracy, and international intrigue. The records are on Fold3. Major David F. Watson, Colonel Jack W.
The Bavarian Crown Jewels are a set of crown jewels created for the Kingdom of Bavaria , which existed from to The former Duke of Bavaria , now King of Bavaria , Maximilian I , commemorated the fact by commissioning a set of crown jewels for use by Bavarian monarchs. However, there was no coronation ceremony, and the king never wore the crown in public. Rather, it was placed on a cushion when displayed on occasions such as the king's ascension or his funeral. The Palatinate Pearl is also kept with the crown jewels, however it is not officially part of the collection.
The German Crown Jewels encompass the Imperial Regalia of the German Kingdom within the Holy Roman Empire until From until the.
a gift of magic summary
Kaiser Wilhelm II’s family is fighting with German state for return of valuable property
It contains a large sapphire, cut en-cabuchon, supporting a diamond studded cross, plus a rose cut diamonds, 18 brilliant diamonds and 8 superb large pearls. Queen Victoria was his grandmother. He was the Emperor during World War I where he was Commander in Chief but he soon lost all control of German policy and his popularity plunged. As a result of the explosion of the German Revolution, the Kaiser's abdication was announced by Max von Baden on November 9, Wilhelm went into exile in the Netherlands, where he was permitted to retain the family jewels including this crown. He is buried in Huis Doorn, Doorn, Netherlands. His wish that no swastikas be displayed at his funeral was not heeded.