Lake Toplitz - Where sunk Nazi Gold was discovered.
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Fake British money made by Nazis sold at Ludlow auction for just over £1,000
A group of counterfeit British banknotes made in Nazi Germany during WWII have sold for just over £1,000 at a Shropshire auction. The notes, made in concentration camps under Operation Bernhard, were a German plot to destabilize the British economy by flooding the UK with the fake money. At the end of the war the notes were dumped in a lake in Austria, from where some were later recovered. A second lot of two notes sold for £600 at Mullock's in Ludlow. Richard Westwood Brookes said the fakes, which are perfect, were highly sought after by collectors.
Counterfeit bank notes, from the £134million cache Hitler hoped would ruin the British economy, to be auctioned off
A rare set of fake bank notes the Nazis printed in a bid to ruin the British economy are expected to fetch £2,000 at auction. Hitler hoped the £134million of counterfeit notes produced in Operation Bernhard would force a huge hike in inflation and spark a cash crisis if introduced to wartime Britain. Four bank notes (£5, £10, £20 and £50) recovered from Lake Toplitz in Austria - where project's resource were dumped at the end of the war - will go under the hammer at Mullock's auctioneers at Ludlow Racecourse, Shropshire on August 18.
Austria to ban diving for Nazi diamonds in Toplitz Lake
Austrian authorities are requesting a 99-year ban on the constant hunt for Nazi diamonds worth millions at the bottom of Toplitz Lake to local protect wildlife. SS General Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the last chief of the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA) and he highest ranking SS officer to be executed for war crimes, is rumoured to have sunk the secret loot in the remote lake high in the Alps, 60 miles from Salzburg, at the end of World War II. Previous dives have turned up hundreds of thousands of pounds of forged British currency and boxes of top secret SS files.
The Führer's Counterfeiters - Operation Bernhard, Lake Toplitz
Of all operations in Third Reich this was the most audacious: forging £135 million and parachuting the notes into UK. What else could explain the arrival of the SS men from a burning Berlin to a village beside Lake Toplitz on May 5, 1945? Locals spoke of Nazi troops sitting on boxes, which were sunk in the water. On August 3, 1959 Wolfgang Löhde's hired frogmen to find them. He reflected on the emblems of the previous convoy that had come here in May 1945: swastikas and SS double-lightning stripes. Everyone knew Toplitz was a keeper of Nazi confidences as its remoteness made it a testing ground for wonder-weapons like V2 gyroscopes, torpedoes, rockets...
Amber Room hunt makes lake Toplitz the Tsar attraction
It was the most opulent of Tsar Peter the Great's rooms, brought to his new capital of St Petersburg on 18 horse-drawn wagons in 1716, a present from the King of Prussia. The fabulous Amber Room contained six tonnes of the precious resin and took 10 years for some of Europe's top craftsmen to complete. But more than 60 years ago it was plundered by Nazis as they stormed across Europe, never to be seen again. Now, after years of searching, a team of treasure hunters believe it is at the bottom of an Austrian lake. A group of American divers will today begin a £7 million project searching the 338ft-deep Lake Toplitz situated in the heart of Austria.
U.S. explorers to mine alpine lake for Nazi gold
The Nazis used Lake Toplitz as a vast, submerged cellar, warehousing millions of dollars' worth of stolen art, gold and jewels, among other things. Over the years, much has been recovered, including millions of counterfeit British and American currency, as well as the press that minted them. But some say most of what was dumped in Toplitz is still in Toplitz.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
Nazis' fake British currency found in lake Toplitz (Article no longer available from the original source)
Russian troops were fast approaching Berlin in April 1945 when a Nazi convoy slipped out of the German capital and headed south. The dozen trucks rumbled all day and night with a cargo of gold, counterfeit money and secret government documents. Their destination: this lake in the nearly impenetrable mountains across the border in Austria. The crates were placed aboard rowboats and carried out to the center of this small but deep Alpine lake, where they were dumped overboard. The Nazi secrets were safe. the search recovered provided evidence of a Nazi operation to counterfeit British pounds.
Last dive for Lake Toplitz's Nazi gold
It has inspired numerous expeditions, several mysterious deaths and plenty of books. But 60 years after Nazi officers hid metal boxes in the depths of Lake Toplitz, a new attempt is being made to recover the Third Reich's fabled lost gold. Treasure hunters have been flocking to Lake Toplitz ever since a group of Nazis retreated to this picturesque part of the Austrian Alps in the final months of WWII. With US troops closing in and Germany on the brink of collapse, they transported the boxes to the edge of the lake, first by military vehicle and then by horse-drawn wagon, and sunk them.
Nazi Gold – The Search for Truth (Article no longer available from the original source)
Soviet Troops Raise the Hammer & Sickle Over the Reichstag Building After Taking Berlin. Days Before Nazi Officers Fled Berlin with Treasure to be hidden in the Alpine Fortress. In the final days of WWII with allied troops advancing, a bombed out Berlin stood on the verge of collapse. Fleeing Berlin, Nazi officers took with them vast amounts of treasure along with the darkest secrets of the Third Reich. The Nazi plan was to evacuate Hitler and a guerrilla army to the region around Lake Toplitz in the Austrian mountains that they called the “Alpine Fortress.”
The hunt for Nazi gold - Toplitzsee lake (Article no longer available from the original source)
The search for gold stolen by the Nazis has resulted in a stream of films, books and treasure hunters. Now German television has produced a new documentary about the search for the hidden treasures of Hitler's Third Reich. A word to treasure hunters: forget about it — at least if you're scouring Toplitzsee lake. This is the message from German biologist, Professor Hans Fricke, the man who more by chance led the underwater research of the 107-metre deep lake in the Austrian Alps. Originally setting out to discover biological secrets of the unique lake, the professor instead got caught up in the mystery about vast sums of Nazi Germany's hidden gold.
Gold rush follows Nazi grail in a Bavarian lake
A gold urn made for a Nazi party leader has been discovered in a Bavarian lake, prompting a scramble by treasure hunters to get their hands on the Third Reich`s long-lost riches. The gold urn is decorated with Celtic figures and worth £70,000. The upper Bavarian Walchensee is said to contain £200m in gold bars. In the Seetalsee across the border in Austria a further £500m in ingots is said to repose in a watery grave. Chalices, diamonds and gold looted from churches are said to lie in the Grundlsee. Most famous is Lake Toplitz. In 1945 it was as remote as the moon. And with secrets to keep, that was just what the Nazis were looking for.
Nazi security chief Ernst Kaltenbrunner's seal found in Alpine lake
The personal seal of the Nazi security chief Ernst Kaltenbrunner has been found in an Alpine lake, more than 50 years after he threw it away in an effort to hide his identity. The seal was recovered by chance by a Dutch holidaymaker in the shallows of the Altausee, Austria. Kaltenbrunner was head of the SD, the security section of the SS, and was hanged at Nuremberg for war crimes. Experts at Vienna University who have examined the seal believe Kaltenbrunner probably threw it into the lake in the final days of the war in May 1945.
Nazi-hunters mount search for lost loot (Article no longer available from the original source)
A team of US divers is to search a lake in Austria for boxes of gold and art objects stolen by Nazis. It is believed that Lake Toplitz, could also hide boxes of forged money and documents intended to help Nazis escape to South America. The documents, experts believe, could also reveal how assets seized by the Third Reich were deposited in Swiss banks; show how the Vatican aided in the transfer of funds to South America. It might also be revealed just how the SS planned, in Operation Bernhard, to counterfeit billions of fake pounds sterling for dropping over Britain, in an attempt to destabilise the British economy.