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Is This The Site Of The Lost $385M Amber Room?

| by Zara Zhi

The enigmatic Amber Room – one of the greatest missing Nazi treasure troves of the Second World War – may have been uncovered in northeast Poland. Local experts drilled through more than 16 feet of solid concrete in a forest near the village of Wegorzewo, by the Russian border, where numerous Nazi bunkers are housed.

Bartlomiej Plebanczyk, director of the Mamerki Museum which owns the compound says he used ground-penetrating radar to find the undisclosed room allegedly buried inside an unfinished bunker.

“We think there is a very good chance that the Amber Room is here for a number of reasons,” he told the Daily Mail.

“Of course there were no such devices as ground-penetrating radar in the 1950s, so examining and finding hidden spaces wasn't possible.

“Inside may be elements of the Amber Chamber, but also other looted art. But there is no doubt that the room was created specifically for the purpose of treasure.”

The testimony of a former Nazi guard corroborated the theory that the bunker could contain parts of the Amber Room. In the 1950s, the guard told a Polish bomb squad unit that he witnessed armored trucks driving up to the bunker and unloading a large shipment in the winter of 1944. After the trucks were unloaded, the room containing the cargo was sealed.

Over the next two decades, Polish bomb squads combed through the bunkers for proof of the illustrious room, but failed to find anything.

The Amber Room was originally an amber cabinet given to Peter the Great from Friedrich-Wilhelm I of Prussia. The panels were then used as wall coverings, surrounded with gilded carvings, mirrors and more amber panels. The room was completed in 1770 and contained 450 kg of amber thought to be worth an estimated $385 million, according to RT.

In October 1941, when the Germans raided Catherine's Palace, near St. Petersburg, the Russians tried to hide the room by covering it in wallpaper, but their plan was unsuccessful.

The priceless remnants of the room were confiscated by the Nazis and taken to Koenigsberg Castle, in what was then East Prussia. Then in January 1945, the booty disappeared after the city was attacked.

Plebanczyk told Daily Mail:

I am very excited about all of this and very optimistic. If the room is here it will be one of the greatest finds of the century. Earlier today we thought we had found something. Our drills came across something that wasn’t concrete and we thought it was possibly a wooden crate. But it was just some old wood. The team has now moved on to another location just a few meters away where we hope we will find something. The radar reading definitely shows something is there.

Sources: Daily Mail, RT / Photo credit: Special Collections UC Santa Cruz/Wikipedia

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