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May 9, 2012

What happened to Germany’s gold after World War II?

Filed under: Buchenwald, Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:15 am

General Dwight D. Eisenhower inspects Germany’s gold, found in a salt mine

Update: July 10, 2014:

According to a news story, which you can read in full here, Germany has given up trying to get all their gold back, after it was confiscated by Americans, who stole it from the Soviets. The gold should have gone to the Soviet Union because it was in their future zone of occupation.

Continue reading my original post.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower is shown in the photo above as he inspects Germany’s gold, found in a salt mine.  The man behind him, wearing a helmet with four stars, is General Omar Bradley. The Nazis had hidden 250 million dollars worth of gold bars inside the Merkers salt mine.

The soldier on the far left, in the photo, is Benjamin B. Ferencz.  Ferencz had been transferred, in 1945, from General Patton’s army to the newly created War Crimes Branch of the U.S. Army.  A Jew from Transylvania, Ferencz had moved with his family to America when he was a baby. In 1945, his job was to gather evidence for future trials of German war criminals.

General Eisenhower inspects Germany’s art treasures, stored in the Merkers salt mine, to protect them from the Allied bombing raids

The photo above shows General Eisenhower as he inspects Germany’s art treasures in the same salt mine where the gold was stored.

On Easter weekend in April 1945, the 90th Infantry Division had overrun the little German town of Merkers, which was near the Ohrdruf sub-camp of Buchenwald, and had captured the Kaiseroda salt mine, which is sometimes called the Merkers mine.  Hidden deep inside the salt mine was virtually the entire gold and currency reserves of the German Reichsbank, together with all of the priceless art treasures which had been removed from Berlin’s museums for protection against Allied bombing raids and possible capture by the Allied armies.

According to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum web site, the soldiers also found important documents that were introduced at the Nuremberg IMT as evidence of the Holocaust.

This quote is from the USHMM website:

The US Army made many significant finds of Nazi booty and records, among them gold, currency, artworks, and documentation discovered on April 7, 1945, by engineers of the US 90th Infantry Division in the Kaiseroda Salt mine in Merkers, Germany. Millions of documents were captured at various locations, including records of the German Army High Command records; files from Krupp, Henschel, and other German industrial concerns; Luftwaffe (German air force) material; and records kept by Heinrich Himmler (the Chief of the German Police and Reich Leader of the SS), the German Foreign Office, and many others.

All of America’s top military leaders in Europe, including Generals Eisenhower, Bradley and Patton, visited the mine and viewed the treasure.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower examined the Kaiseroda salt mine on April 12, 1945, along with General Omar Bradley, General George S. Patton, and other high-ranking American Army officers before making a side trip to see the Ohrdruf labor camp.

The photo below shows General Eisenhower as he inspects the Ohrdruf camp.  He is viewing the bodies found on the grounds of the camp when Ohrdruf was discovered by American troops on April 4, 1945.  The bodies were left out for more than a month, so that American soldiers could be brought to witness the atrocities committed by the Nazis.

General Eisenhower is in the middle of the photo, inspecting the bodies found at Ohrdruf labor camp, which was a sub-camp of Buchenwald

The discovery of the Ohrdruf labor camp started the propaganda effort to paint the Germans as war criminals.  The official story told about the photo above is that these prisoners were shot after the camp was evacuated because there weren’t enough trucks to transport the sick prisoners.  My personal opinion is that these prisoners were killed by some of the other prisoners, as soon as the Germans abandoned the camp, and marched the healthy prisoners to the Buchenwald camp.  Why waste bullets, shooting sick prisoners, when they were going to die anyway?

General Eisnenhower couldn’t have cared less about the prisoners at the Ohrdruf camp.  He didn’t even mention the camp in his autobiography.  He was only there to see the salt mine and get his greedy hands on the German gold.  Except for General Patton, who went to see the Buchenwald camp, none of the generals in the American army ever visited any of the Nazi camps, except the Ohrdruf sub-camp.

A couple of days ago, I was reading Bradley Smith’s website when I came across a pdf file in which I read that Germany’s gold was confiscated by the Allies and is still in the possession of the USA.  I was surprised to learn this, since Germany and America became allies after the war when the Cold War with the Soviet Union began.  I was astonished to learn that the German tax payers are being forced to pay for the occupation of Germany, which is still going on, 70 years after the end of the war.  Germany still has a Constitution written by the Allies.  When will Germany become a sovereign country again?

Most Americans believe that Germany was treated well by the Allies after World War II.  Just the other day, Bill O’Reilly said something about the fairness of the Nuremberg trial in which Germany’s war criminals were convicted.  O’Reilly has mentioned the Marshall Plan numerous times; he claims that the Marshall Plan was America’s generous plan to restore the country of Germany after the destruction of World War II.  (The Marshall Plan provided aid to many countries in Europe.  Germany did not receive as much aid as other countries that had not suffered war damage.)

When will Americans stop bragging about how well Germany was treated after World War II?  Enough, already!  It is time for the British and the Americans to get the hell out of Germany and let the German people have their country again.

19 Comments »

  1. The 100 tons of GOLD! The master art works! The gems etc. What happened to it all man???

    Comment by Chris — November 4, 2013 @ 1:57 am

  2. I learned of this WII booty in a book I had found in an antique shop. Okay, so where the heck did all this booty end up? Someone needs to track all this stuff down and report it to the public. Who is really the rip off here? The US military must have documentation where it is or went.

    Comment by Chris — November 4, 2013 @ 1:49 am

  3. I am inclined to agree with those that feel that Germany will never have paid for it past horrors that it visited on so many .. I regret that they didn’t man up long enough to get nuked like the Japanese did during WWII. Had their capitulation come a little bit later, that may have been a reality for them. Too bad.

    Comment by jim — October 9, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    • It’s never too late. The Israelis have nukes. They could nuke Germany now. However, I feel that this would not be enough to satisfy you. The atomic bomb was originally planned for Germany, but the Germans didn’t cooperate, so the Japs had to be nuked instead.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 9, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

  4. I beg to differ on the last paragraph. Germany’s atrocities of WWI, WWII, and the Holocaust have more than barred the country from ever becoming fully sovereign. IMO Germany was treated far too well. If I had my way I would have left Germany in a smoldering pile of ash.

    Comment by Daniel — August 7, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  5. On the previous interrogation expecting to Funk and movie

    Dodd interrupted with a casual question as to whether it was customary to have gold teeth deposited in the Reichsbank?
    “No, it was not customary.”
    “Well, I will now show you a film taken by the Allies when they first entered premises belonging to the Reichsbank.”

    Funk was shepherded back to the dock, the lights were extinguished, and we saw projected on the screen before us the horrible pictures of what the Americans found in the strong-room of the Frankfurt offices of the Reichsbank. We saw soldiers enter the building and the big safes swing open. Huge, tightly packed bags with the imprint Deutsche Reichsbank dropped to the floor; powerful men needed all their strength to lift them on to tables. Then the seals were solemnly broken and the contents poured out: rings, bracelets, ear-rings, trinkets; jewellery of every conceivable kind from simple brooches to great tiaras, coins, banknotes, studs, sleeve-links, and above all false and gold-capped teeth in their thousands. And in the midst of this fantastic booty in this nightmare of a thieves’ kitchen we saw again and again the emblems of the state we had all served and the clear imprint Deutsche Reichsbank.

    We sat flabbergasted. The lights were switched on and Dodd went back to the rostrum to confirm that this film had been made immediately after the Allied occupation of Frankfurt on Main. Anyone could verify the details by looking at the official minutes of the meeting of 7th May, 1946.

    Funk tottered from the dock to the witness chair. He was completely shattered. He confirmed that he did know about the S.S. safe deposit and clearly remembered the formalities of its establishment. But, of course, he knew nothing whatever about the contents of the deposit. No bank bothers about the exact articles a client chooses to put in the safe he has hired. But what he found entirely inexplicable was the presence of the big bags with the imprint Deutsche Reichsbank; bags of this kind were never handed to safe deposit holders

    Comment by mincuo — May 11, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    • Thanks for that info Mincuo. Was Fritzche’s book published? In German only?

      Comment by budly — May 11, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

  6. “About the film on the gold teeth”

    “Puhl was held in the Nuremberg prison for about a year at the end of which he appeared in the dock at the ‘Wilhelmstrasse’ trial. However, the Allies were not very lucky with this man, who, though he looked not unlike Funk, had a great deal more calm tenacity.
    At the Wilhelmstrasse trial Puhl got an official of the Frankfurt branch of the Reichsbank to testify on his behalf. The witness declared under oath that at the time of the city’s occupation by American troops the strong-room and all the safes of the bank had been completely empty; and were so when he had handed them over to the Occupation Authorities.

    The witness was then questioned about the film, which, according to Mr. Dodd’s statement had been made immediately after the occupation of Frankfurt. To this he answered that he knew all about it because he had been personally present during its production. A few days after the occupation some U.S. lorries had pulled up at the door of the branch and the manager requested to hand over Reichsbank bags which were then filled with gold teeth, jewellery, etc. taken from the lorries and put in the empty safes. After these safes had been filled cameramen appeared and made a film of their contents.”

    Comment by mincuo — May 11, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

  7. One more thing: this site was I think the first to identify Ferencz in the photo. These big generals are walking around with a Jewish lawyer in what is obviously a propaganda operation. Odd. Even odder: it’s the day Roosevelt died.

    Comment by budly — May 11, 2012 @ 1:16 am

    • Ferencz was known to be in that photo since it was taken. He was involved in the Nuremberg trials as a prosecutor. You may have seen it here for the first time but Ferencz was not first identified in that pic on this blog, or even on Scrapbookpages.com. Unless I misunderstand you.

      Comment by Sceptic — May 11, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  8. I applaud your good article with good information. However there are some inaccuracies:
    “The discovery of the Ohrdruf labor camp started the propaganda effort to paint the Germans as war criminals.” –No the discovery of the Merkers mine started the lies because it was claimed that they found gold-filled teeth and fillings, from Auschwitz, stored in the mine, which doesn’t make sense as a story, but anyway.

    “He didn’t even mention the camp in his autobiography.” Yes he did. A page and a half. He just doesn’t use it’s name, but mentions the vicininty. It’s clear he’s talking about Ohrdruf.

    “none of the generals in the American army ever visited any of the Nazi camps, except the Ohrdruf sub-camp.” Not true. General Robert McClure was at Buchenwald a few days later. He’s in the film footage shot there, to name one example.

    “which I read that Germany’s gold was confiscated by the Allies and is still in the possession of the USA.” –I don’t think so. Where on codoh did it say this? Maybe a little is still in US possession.

    Comment by budly — May 11, 2012 @ 1:09 am

    • Yes, I know about the story of the gold teeth, allegedly found in the Merkers mine. The Soviet liberators allegedly found a suitcase full of gold teeth at the Sachsenhausen camp. The gold teeth stories are a big part of the Holocaust.

      You are correct that Eisenhower mentioned Ohrdruf in his autobiography, but he didn’t mention the name of it.

      I didn’t know about McClure. I will make a correction on that.

      The subject of the German gold was in a pdf document on Codoh. I read it, but then couldn’t find it again.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 11, 2012 @ 6:15 am

  9. You mentioned some nice fellow:

    “I once saw DPs beat an SS man and then strap him to the steel gurney of a crematorium. They slid him in the oven, turned on the heat and took him back out. Beat him again, and put him back in until he was burnt alive. I did nothing to stop it. I suppose I could have brandished my weapon or shot in the air, but I was not inclined to do so. Does that make me an accomplice to murder?”

    Benjamin B. Ferencz.

    All of 25 years old, the Chief Prosecutor for the United States Army at the Einsatzgruppen Trial.

    Comment by Eager for Answers — May 10, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

  10. So why didn’t they give the gold back?

    Comment by Joe Rizoli — May 10, 2012 @ 12:51 am

  11. Thanks for your reply furtherglory. WORDPEST really hacked me off last night by asking for a signin so by the time I did so, got re-routed to thestoker, and headed for bed I must have also managed to erase the ontopic part of my reply.

    So here it is.

    From my point of view the events 1905-1995 are one long continuum so when I see things like the recovery of 5tons of “Soviet” i.e. Russian Imperial gold from the cruiser HMS Edinburgh in 1981, the planned recovery of 71 tons of “Soviet” platinum from the SS Port Nicolson off Cape Cod, the fact that Fort Knox held 21,000tons approx of gold after the second part of the European civil war then I see a continuance of the movement of precious metals owned by the Imperial Russian family to the bankerpsychos in New York and their pals in London a plan all started in 1870 or so. Germany though, well that is another question. BIS was a Nazi bank by the kick off in 1939, Switzerland, just over the border, was a scene of constant US banker traffic all through the 6 years of gunfire and sniper and the strategic evacuation plan would have covered the rest like tech, persons of interest, persons of intellect and money. Ike is most likely staring at something hidden away by one of the Nazi degenerates with their own private fiefdom and/or escape plan, Goering say.

    So I’d bet the German gold is out of New York hands, i.e. still Nazi, and I’ll bet Fort Knox is empty. One thing the bankster clowns can be relied on to do is to steal the liquid assets when they set up a new base. They are currently going after the oriental gold that never got accounted for in global gold stats. I’d check the vaults at Chek Lap Kok.

    BTW my main blog is http://specificgravy.blogspot.co.uk/

    Comment by thestoker — May 10, 2012 @ 12:07 am

  12. I touched on this episode during my as yet unfinished Bombline Series of bloggings. What was Ike after? My thesis would be a look at a reported tac nuke detonation site near by. Anyway back to the false gold and false 6 million legend. See the well fed geezer following Ike in your third picture? The guy with the Yasser Arafat, nephew of a Nazi lover, style neckercheif? He suddenly appeared from no where to guide the big wigs around the camp. I didn’t pursue the matter other than to note that he got a tyre iron stuck through his skull the day after Ike and co had left. As he tried to saunter out the camp main gate one of the surviving inmates crowned the muppet and left his dead bloodied body at the main entrance. He was likely a Kapo, hence his well fed demeanor, and was either a Dutch or Austrian jew.

    Comment by thestoker — May 9, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    • Thanks for your comment. Yes, I know about the rumors that there was a reported atomic bomb site nearby. I think that is the reason that Ike visited this camp and no other. I also know about the guy with the scarf being killed the next day. He was most likely a Kapo. I don’t have any evidence that he was Jewish.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 9, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    • Germany’s World War I Reparations
      One of the many provisions in the treaty of Versailes “Das Diktat”, the most important and controversial required Germany to accept responsibility for causing the war and, under the terms of articles 231–248 (later known as the War Guilt clauses), to disarm, make substantial territorial concessions and pay heavy reparations to certain countries that had formed the Entente powers. In 1921 the total cost of these reparations was assessed at 132 billion Marks (then $31.4 billion or £6.6 billion, roughly equivalent to US $442 billion or UK £284 billion in GOLD by 2012), a sum that many economists at the time, deemed to be excessive and counterproductive and would have taken Germany until 1988 to pay. The final payments ended up being made on 4 October 2010, the 20th anniversary of German reunification[the sum was increased after the reunification with the DDR,sic], and some 92 years after the end of the war for which they were exacted. The Treaty was undermined by subsequent events starting as early as 1932 and was widely flouted by the mid-1930 and stopped entirely when Hitler came to power and partly was one reason for WW II.
      The Gold Eisenhower and Co.found and inpected in the salt mines will never be returned.

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — May 11, 2012 @ 3:53 am

      • Thankyou for extending this one further off topic and allowing me an opportunity to posit the following.

        As I alluded to at another blogger the phantom 6 million figure is designed to make us cower from the crime scene so that we cannot get to the true motives for the whole larcenous and murderous enterprise.

        When one compares the surrenders of Germany and Japan in 1945 one observes the incomplete surrender process, under guise of deliberate chaotic pseudo-rivalry and operatic insult, of the Germans. This was planned, hand in hand with the ersastz war crimes trials, the fake cold war and much other malarky to start the second stage of the process started in its initial form with the destruction in UKplc of the divine right of Kings, or its perceived power,under Cromwell. The process completed by the first world war with the destruction of the Tsar.

        The destruction of the nation state signified by the farce that was German surrender in WW2, compare to the care taken for the surrender in WW1, is now in process and will continue for centuries to come.

        Germany in a very profound sense, from a religiobanker understanding, does not exist. So whatever gold fell into the hands of the military Al Capones is gone. I concur with your final sentence.

        Comment by thestoker — May 11, 2012 @ 5:51 am


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