By Sidney Kirkpatrick
From Paris to Stalingrad, the Nazis systematically plundered all demeanour of paintings and antiquities. however the first and most dear 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 instructed actual tale of the way an American university professor grew to become military sleuth recovered those adored symbols of Hitler’s Thousand 12 months Reich sooner than they can turn into a rallying element 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 fort. contained in the well-guarded chamber was once a in particular built 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 go) and the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, historical artifacts steeped in medieval mysticism and coveted via international 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 priceless relics, all important 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 ideal Allied Commander, common Dwight D. Eisenhower, ordered Lieutenant Walter Horn, a German-born artwork historian on depart from U.C. Berkeley, to seek down the lacking treasures.To accomplish his project, Horn needs to revisit the now rubble strewn panorama of his adolescence 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 is still of Himmler’s deepest fort and follows the path of neo Nazi “Teutonic Knights” charged with holding an enormous hidden fortune in plundered gold and different treasure.