By Sidney Kirkpatrick
From Paris to Stalingrad, the Nazis systematically plundered all demeanour of artwork and antiquities. however the first and most respected treasures they looted have been the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. In Hitler’s Holy Relics, bestselling writer Sidney Kirkpatrick tells the riveting and not earlier than advised actual tale of the way an American university professor grew to become military sleuth recovered those loved symbols of Hitler’s Thousand yr Reich earlier than they can turn into a rallying aspect within the production of a Fourth and both unholy Reich.
Anticipating the Allied invasion of Nazi Germany, Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler had ordered a top-secret bunker carved deep into the bedrock underneath Nürnberg fort. contained in the well-guarded chamber was once a especially developed vault that held the plundered treasures Hitler valued the main: the Spear of future (reputed to were used to pierce Christ’s aspect whereas he used to be at the pass) and the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, historic artifacts steeped in medieval mysticism and coveted through global rulers from Charlemagne to Napoleon. yet as Allied bombers rained devastation upon Nürnberg and the U.S. 7th military ready to invade the town Hitler referred to as “the soul of the Nazi Party,” 5 of the main helpful relics, all principal to the coronation rite of a will be Holy Roman Emperor, vanished from the vault.
Who took them? And why? The secret remained unsolved for months after the war’s finish, till the perfect Allied Commander, common Dwight D. Eisenhower, ordered Lieutenant Walter Horn, a German-born artwork historian on go away from U.C. Berkeley, to seek down the lacking treasures.To accomplish his challenge, Horn needs to revisit the now rubble strewn panorama of his adolescence and delve into the traditional legends and arcane mysticism surrounding the antiquities that Hitler had looted in his quest for global domination. Horn searches for clues within the burnt is still of Himmler’s inner most fortress and follows the path of neo Nazi “Teutonic Knights” charged with retaining an enormous hidden fortune in plundered gold and different treasure.