Sunday, August 23, 2015

Teen finds gold bar in Koenigssee Lake

BERLIN -- It's not ancient gold, not pirate gold and not Nazi gold. So where did it come from? That's what police are trying to figure out after a teenager swimming in a lake in the German Alps found a 500-gram bar of gold.

The 16-year-old girl found the $23,000 bar around 2 metres under the surface of Koenigssee lake, a popular tourist destination on the border with Austria.
The find revived rumours of Nazi gold supposedly lost in the lake, near Germany's southern border with Austria, but reports said the find was not connected to the Nazi era.
By April of 1945 the Allies were closing in on the German capital and Nazi officials decided to move the remaining contents of the Reichsbank to Oberbayern in southern Bavaria. There, in the mountains, the Nazis hoped to hold out and regroup. At least nine tons of gold were sent to Oberbayern along with bags of foreign currency and coins. This treasure, including 730 gold bars, was thought to be hidden around Lake Walchensee.

After the end of the war U.S. soldiers were able to find and account for $11 million of that final hoard. The rest disappeared.
Some continue to believe that lakes in Austria or Germany still hold millions in gold. Their speculation was strengthened in 2003 when an amateur diver discovered a solid gold cauldron at the bottom of Lake Chiemsee in Bavaria.

The cauldron is decorated with Celtic and Indo-Germanic figures and weighs 23 pounds.

Heinrich Himmler, the commander of the SS, is thought by some to have ordered the manufacturing of the cauldron

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