Treasurer Hunter Claims He Found $800 Million of Nazi Gold in Bavarian Forest

However, the landowner won't let him dig it up.

August 2, 2017 9:45 am
A treasure hunter says that he found $800 million worth of Nazi treasure in the Bavarian forest.
A treasure hunter says that he found $800 million worth of Nazi treasure in the Bavarian forest. (

Hans Glueck, 76, claims to have found a collection of Nazi treasure valued at around $800 million in the Bavarian forest. However, it cannot be excavated because the landowner will not give permission.

Glueck has searched for the treasure — which includes gold, diamonds, artworks, and rare postage stamps — for two decades, According to

But Glueck says the owner of the land wants to keep the treasure for himself. He entered a claim with the German finance ministry to receive a reward of ten percent of the treasure’s full value in case someone does get to it before him.

However, Glueck is also appealing to the Central Council for Jews in Germany to pressure Berlin to allow him to dig up the treasure because property taken from Jews during World War II is among the buried treasure.

Third Reich SS chief, Heinrich Himmler, told his deputy Ernst Kaltenbrunner to empty the Berlin Reichsbank of loot and send it on a train to the Alps, reports It would then be stored in a salt mine.

A US soldier inspects thousands of gold wedding bands taken from jews by the Nazi’s and stashed in the Heilbron Salt Mines May 3, 1945, in Germany. The treasures were uncovered by allied forces after the defeat of Nazi Germany.

But the train hid for three days in a tunnel in Bavaria because of advancing Russians and Allied air attacks. A few days after the transport, soviet troops were able to intercept a Nazi radio message, according to, which said: “Command executed. Transport of guards taken over and stored in BSCHW. Ask for further instructions.”

BSCHW is thought to stand for the Bavarian Forest. Glueck says this is where the treasure from that train ended up — and where it remains to this day. Glueck has a map that he believes belonged to an S.S. officer who was ultimately captured by the Russians. The officer most likely passed the map on to Willi Jahnke, a Wehrmacht POW who was in the same camp as the officer. Jahnke kept the map until after he was released. The owner of the forest got the map after Jahnke died in 1995. The landowner contacted Glueck in May 1995.

Anyone can search for treasure anywhere, according to Bavarian law, but digging requires special permission.

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