By Sidney Kirkpatrick
From Paris to Stalingrad, the Nazis systematically plundered all demeanour of paintings and antiquities. however the first and most useful treasures they looted have been the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. In Hitler’s Holy Relics, bestselling writer Sidney Kirkpatrick tells the riveting and not sooner than informed real tale of ways an American university professor grew to become military sleuth recovered those adored symbols of Hitler’s Thousand yr Reich ahead of they can turn into a rallying aspect within the construction of a Fourth and both unholy Reich.
Anticipating the Allied invasion of Nazi Germany, Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler had ordered a top-secret bunker carved deep into the bedrock underneath Nürnberg fortress. contained in the well-guarded chamber was once a especially developed vault that held the plundered treasures Hitler valued the main: the Spear of future (reputed to were used to pierce Christ’s facet whereas he was once at the pass) and the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, old artifacts steeped in medieval mysticism and coveted via global rulers from Charlemagne to Napoleon. yet as Allied bombers rained devastation upon Nürnberg and the U.S. 7th military ready to invade town Hitler known as “the soul of the Nazi Party,” 5 of the main beneficial relics, all primary to the coronation rite of a will be Holy Roman Emperor, vanished from the vault.
Who took them? And why? The secret remained unsolved for months after the war’s finish, until eventually the best Allied Commander, normal Dwight D. Eisenhower, ordered Lieutenant Walter Horn, a German-born paintings historian on depart from U.C. Berkeley, to seek down the lacking treasures.To accomplish his challenge, Horn needs to revisit the now rubble strewn panorama of his formative years and delve into the traditional legends and arcane mysticism surrounding the antiquities that Hitler had looted in his quest for global domination. Horn searches for clues within the burnt continues to be of Himmler’s deepest fort and follows the path of neo Nazi “Teutonic Knights” charged with keeping an enormous hidden fortune in plundered gold and different treasure.