Specialist treasure hunters searching for the illusive Nazi gold, which could be worth £200 million, have stumbled across a huge canister of loot in Poland.
The group, let by Roman Furmaniak from the Silesian Bridge Foundation, made the discovery that is expected to contain around World War Two loot.
It is believed that it was stolen and hidden under the orders of murderous Nazi boss Heinrich Himmler – one of Adolf Hitler's right hand men.
The steel canister was found around 10ft below the surface of an abandoned conservatory in Minkowskie, Poland, and measures around 5ft in length and 50cm diameter.
The conservatory was part of an 18th century abandoned palace once used by the SS as a brothel, which is why the loot is stored there.
It is thought that it would eventually be used to help fund a Fourth Reich.
Mr Furmaniak said: “The first drill we made showed unnatural contortions on one side.
“We made a second probe and received the same result on the other side – a third probe struck an object.
“The shapes and colours show anomalies, in other words human interference in the ground.
“Metal has a different density to earth, and this is shown as a darker colour in the images.”
The group were led to the sight by secret Nazi documents, a former SS officer's diary and a map.
As part of the diary, there was a letter confirming the existence of the loot.
It reads: “My dear Inge, I will fulfil my assignment, with God's will. Some transports were successful.
“The remaining 48 heavy Reichsbank's chests and all the family chests I hereby entrust to you.
“Only you know where they are located.
“May God help you and help me, fulfil my assignment.”
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It is not known what exactly is in the container, and it has yet to be opened, but other documents confirm that many similar containers contain works by famed artists such as Monet, Dürer, Rafael and Rembrandt, as well as gold coins, medals and jewelry, stolen by the Nazis from Jews during the war.
And there are now 10 more sites the group want to search.
Mr Furmaniak added: “We are making preparations as we speak to start digging at the other ten sites, where we expect to find much more.’
“We are described everywhere as treasure hunters, in fact we want nothing for ourselves.
“The goal of the foundation is to hand these deposits over to their rightful owners in the interests of world heritage and as an act of atonement for the Second World War.”
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