War always brings chaos, which gives people the opportunity to loot valuable property.
During World War II countless works of art, artifacts and other treasures from Europe to the Asia Pacific were lost in hiding.
The Nazis, were one of the parties that systematically looted museums, private homes and royal palaces. Part of the treasure was to help Adolf Hitler build the Führermuseum of his dreams.
When the war ended, the existence of various precious objects became the mystery story of the treasure, which is a mixture of real and mere rumor.
Here are some hidden treasure mystery stories that are verified for the truth, and motivate the hunters, as reported from History:
Yamashita Tomoyuki was a general in the Japanese Empire who defended the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in 1944 and 1945.
According to legend, Tomoyuki carried out an order from Emperor Hirohito to hide gold and treasure in a tunnel in the Philippines, which was surrounded by mines.
There are allegations of using the treasure to rebuild Japan after the war.
Since then, there have been many claims about where emas Yamashita it is located.
In a United States court case, a Filipino locksmith named Rogelio Roxas claims he found some hidden gold in the 1970s.
However, then the Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos sent powerful men to steal it.
Designed in the early 18th century, the Amber Room is a set of floor-to-ceiling wall panels decorated with amber.
In 1716, Prussian King Frederick William I presented the panel to Russian Emperor Peter the Great as a symbol of the alliance of Prussia and Russia against Sweden.
The panels are designed to line the walls of a 180 square foot (16.7 square meter) room.
Amber’s room was in a room at Catherine’s Palace in the city of Pushkin, Russia. When the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union during Operation Barbarossa in 1941, the room was dismantled.
The panels were then sent to the castle museum in Königsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia). The Nazis considered the room a work of German art to their right.
In 1944, Allied bombing destroyed the city, the castle museum, and possibly the Amber Room. However, that didn’t stop treasure hunters from trying to find the lost room.
One of the most emerging treasure stories from World War II was the question of stolen Nazi gold.
In 1943, during the German occupation of Tunisia, the Nazis reportedly stole large numbers of gold from Jews on the island of Djerba.
They sent the gold to Corsica, an island between the coasts of France and Italy, but it is suspected that the gold sank on its way from Corsica to Germany.
Although Rommel may not have been involved in this gold theft.
In Ian Fleming’s 1963 James Bond novel, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, the story of Rommel’s gold is told. Two divers were allegedly killed while searching for “Rommel’s treasure”.
In September 1941, China sent 200 ancient human fossils to the US to keep them safe, should Japan invade.
However, the “Peking Man” fossils that were sent never arrived in the US, simply disappeared.
Some have speculated that the fossil was destroyed. Some still hope that the fossil is stored somewhere.
In 2012, researchers argued that it was possible that the fossils were buried at a former US Marine base in China and were covered by an asphalt parking lot.
Fortunately before it was lost, Chinese researchers made prints from peking human fossils so that scientists can still study it today.
5. Karya Raphael “Portrait of a Young Man”
The Nazis stole many paintings during World War II. One of the most famous and historically important that has been stolen is the “Portrait of a Young Man” by the revered Italian Renaissance artist Raphael.
The Nazis stole a painting by Raphel from the Prince Czartoryski Museum in Kraków, Poland in 1939.
Initially, the painting was given to Hans Frank, who ran the Nazi General Government in Poland. Frank hung it in Wawel Castle.
During the war, he traveled to Berlin, Dresden and Linz before returning to Kraków.
But when US troops captured Frank at Wawel Castle, a painting by Raphel that, along with over 800 other artifacts, was gone.
Decades later, there are still no traces of the lost masterpiece.
On its way from Rio de Janeiro to Germany in 1939, the Nazi ship SS Minden crashed into a British ship off the coast of Iceland.
It is said that the Nazis deliberately sank their own ship to prevent the British from finding their cargo, which according to legend contained heaps of gold.
In 2017 and 2018, a UK-based company attempted to locate the sunken Nazi ship and its famous gold deposit.
Mapping by the Institute for Marine and Freshwater Research has uncovered the possible location of the wreck kapal SS Minden located, but so far no one has been able to find the treasure there.