Hitler and Nazi : Did Hitler Die During WW2? (Part 2)
Continuation of Part 1 - - - I personally believe that US military were involved In the last months of the war, advancing Allied troops in Germany and Austria had begun to unearth secret caches of loot the Nazis had stolen from countries across Europe. Hidden in castles, railway trucks and mines, tens of billions of pounds worth of art treasures, currency and bullion was recovered. And they were tasked with going and seeking out gold, but also artworks and other valuables.
On April 6th 1945, at the Kaiseroda Salt Mine in a small German village called Merkers, these American T-Forces hit the jackpot. Inside the mine they found some of Europe's most priceless antiquities, including artwork by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt.
Over 8,000 bars of gold bullion and thousands of bags of gold currency. Virtually the entire contents of the Third Reich's treasury was recovered. The haul was worth the equivalent of £20 billion today. Merkers was a massive find for the Americans because effectively it represented the majority of looted gold from all over Europe.
The American T-Forces were tasked with removing the gold and sending it to a secure foreign exchange depositary in Frankfurt where it would be processed and inventoried. There are rumors. There are stories that some of the gold from Merkers did not make it to Frankfurt. There is no evidence that any of the Nazi gold uncovered at Merkers was stolen by the Americans.
But researcher Ian Sayer believes that similar caches did find their way into American hands. And he's dedicated most of his working life to proving it. Ian's research concentrates on one particular find in June 1945. He's discovered that 25 cases of gold, worth close to £100 million today, were unearthed in a forest in Krün, in southern Austria. In 1978, over 30 years after the event, he interviewed the man in charge of excavating the gold, a US Sergeant with the 10th Armored Division, Albert Singleton. and having it transported down the mountainside to have it loaded on trucks." Now, these trucks were operated by an organization called the OSS, The OSS was the forerunner of America's Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA, and was created in 1942 to carry out covert warfare, sabotage and spying missions. During a taped telephone conversation Ian Sayer had with Singleton in 1978... he confirmed that it was the OSS, and not the American T-Forces, that took the gold. The truck that came down to pick up the gold had the Strategic Services officers. There were three of them, and I remember making the comment, "Well, you sure as hell don't have many guards to guard this." They said, "Look, we don't want to attract any attention."
At the time, Albert Singleton believed there was no reason to question the way the gold was being transported. I mean, I just took things as an army operation. We did it and that was it. According to Singleton, a telegram confirming that the gold had reached the Frankfurt foreign exchange was sent. But Sayer believes the operation was far from routine and claims the gold never found its way to the Frankfurt foreign exchange. It simply vanished.
My investigations could not establish that this gold ever made its way back to the depository where it should have been. Despite a series of high-level investigations by both US military and civilian organizations into the disappearance of Nazi gold at the end of the war... the Krün gold remains missing. There's no official documentation to say that the Krün gold ever existed.
But Ian Sayer has no doubts that Albert Singleton's story is true. If the gold did exist, and it was taken by US military personnel... why hasn't the US government admitted it? The American government chose not to do anything because as far as the army were concerned, The truth about what happened to the Krün gold may never be known.
But there is another conspiracy theory that does involve other shady financial dealings at the end of World War Two. In the last years of the war, senior Nazis, like Hitler's private secretary, Martin Bormann, recognized that the war was lost. And in 1943, after the failed German offensive in Russia, he set about planning an exit strategy. Martin Bormann recognizes that Germany is finished, And to do that, we need to look at this over a long period of time, move our money, move our patents, move whatever we can overseas, so that we can bring it back to rebuild."
Till recently, there was no proof that a real plan had been put in place. But now, that's changed. This is a declassified US military intelligence report. It records details of a secret meeting that took place at the Maison Rouge hotel in Strasbourg on August 10th 1944. It documents a conversation between key German industrialists and SS officers. Here we have, in the red house meeting, the final recognition that Germany was going to collapse, reinvent themselves after the war? It was a dangerous meeting to be at, really, because it was said at the meeting that, "Look, the game's up. We've lost militarily, but we are going to lay down our plans.
It's a historical fact that in the second half of the 20th century, the Germany economy thrived. These same corporations who'd been so helpful to Hitler began to dominate the post-war world as well. Today, companies like Krupp, Siemens and Volkswagen have grown into some of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world. Their influence and financial muscle, one of the major reasons Germany is so dominant in EU politics. This new European experiment has, as its center, Germany. And so it should. It's the biggest, most important economic operation on the continent, Many disagree. But some are convinced that Germany's industrial clout today owes much to Nazi planning.
One of them is Rodney Atkinson. The renowned academic and political economist has the ear of Nobel Prize winners and presidents. He's no conspiracy theorist, but nevertheless, he maintains that the EU also has its roots in Nazi thinking. which is almost identical to the structure of the European Union today. Driving the idea was a man called Walther Funk, a key economic advisor to Hitler. Funk himself was a leading Nazi who was responsible for a lot of the ideological extremism which Hitler adopted.
In 1940, Funk published a paper that outlined his vision of the economic unification of Europe with Nazi Germany at its center. It could just be a coincidence, but in 1958, just 13 years after the Nazis' defeat in World War Two... Funk's vision became a reality when the EEC, the forerunner of the EU, was formed. But Rodney Atkinson isn't convinced of this coincidence. According to him, the EEC wasn't just a Nazi concept, but an organization that was much, much closer to them. He was a member of the Nazi Lecturers Association. And what did he become? Well, there he is, popping up in 1958 as the first president of the European Commission in Brussels.
So, could today's EU really be some kind of Nazi plan? A Fourth Reich? It's an idea that's easy enough to shoot down. Well, there isn't a Fourth Reich, clearly, in the sense that there's no country that's a Nazi country. There's no denying Germany's dominant role in Europe today, its influence largely down to its financial muscle. But whether or not this could be the result of Nazi-era planning and the industrial theft of gold during the Second World War is a matter of opinion. Some will believe the conspiracy. And others won't. But perhaps that's because the Nazis are a group that we still think are capable of anything. and commit any number of atrocities to achieve their ends. And so it's no surprise that we see so many conspiracy theories come out of the Nazi regime.
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