Lost and not yet found II

So we are in Königsberg, Germany. The city is under attack and we can’t see if the amber was taken by Alfred Rohde  and hidden before the fire started but as I was telling you last time, we didn’t feel the smell of amber all over the city as it should be if such a quantity of amber would be burnt.

As we are here and we couldn’t figure out what happen with the amber we will go for another trip in time. We will go to the year 1950, when the Nazi ex. chief administrator of East Prussia, Erich Kock

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was incarcerated and kept alive after the war in hope he will reveal where the Amber Room was concealed. It was supposed that he knew where the treasury was transported. It was supposed that the treasury was moved from Königsberg to Wuppertal in Germany. Erich Kock was also taken from prison to the museum site to show Polish officials where the amber was concealed. Kock was unable to identify where the location was.

We will go to the  1960 and we will watch how Kock is again taken out of prison, this time to the Bunker 31, in Bremen Germany, with the hope that he will find the location where the treasury was concealed. But again we will see that he will fail to find it.

Now we will go to another place where people believed the treasury might be found. We will go to Mamerki museum near Wegorzewo in Poland. This place was one of the most important command center of the Third Reich. In this museum we can also see a replica fragment of the Amber Room. We can also have a closer look about the history of the museum on here  http://www.mamerki.com/en/strona.xhtml?p=mamerki

Museum leaders think that the treasury might be in here behind a false wall, hidden in an old war bunker. They think it can be here after they found out an unknown room measuring 1,98 m wide and 3 m long using a geo-radar. This theory is also based on a testimony from a ex. night guard from war time. He saw that in one night in the winter of 1944, a heavily-guarded truck driving to the bunker and unloading a big cargo. The room was sealed after they finished unloading the truck. The leaders of the museum want to drill a hole into the wall so the they can see if they can find the Amber or other treasuries that might be left behind by Nazi. The museum curators found out earlier about this possibility  but they wanted to make sure that this might be the place so they asked few experts that confirmed the fact that this place should be the most logical place where the treasury might be.

This time we will follow from the shadow others that have tried to find the treasury. We will go to the year 1997, when a group of German art detectives found out that a piece from the Amber chamber is on the market. They identified the seller, he was the son of a soldier. He didn’t knew that the piece of amber was from the Amber Room. The fact that one amber piece was on the market sustains the idea that the Amber Room wasn’t destroyed in the city attack or at least not all of it.

Now we will follow another attempt to find the Amber Room, this attempt is made by 3 guys (Leonard Blume, Guenther Eckardt and Peter Lor), they think that the treasury is concealed in the Ore Mountains in one of the caves called Prince’s cave. They have a few reasons to believe that, one is that the railway used to be nearby and there was a train from Königsberg in 1945, they also found that the caves have some cavities that look like a bunker using a geo-radar and on the walls of the caves they found also cables that might have been used to lower the cargo deeper in the cave. These guys have also been reading the witness testimonials that the Stasi and KGB had.

Unfortunately they can’t do to much exploring as they need funds to do it .

Fortunately we can go to visit the replica of Amber Room, that was completed in 2003 in Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo near Saint Petersburg. The construction of replica started in 1979 and it was finished in 2003, the cost was over $11 millions. The replica is as beautiful as the first Amber Room, maybe even more beautiful.

I hope you enjoyed our trip and the story.

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