- Treasure hunter says hoard of gold buried in German forest is worth a fortune
- But the landlord won't let him extract it because 'he wants it all for himself'
- Fortune seeker Hans Glueck obtained coordinates for the loot from a map
- It was once in the possession of an SS officer who was arrested and executed
A trove of Nazi treasure valued at over £500million has been pinpointed in a Bavarian wood.
But the hoard cannot be excavated because the treasure hunter who has found it has fallen out with the landowner — whose permission he needs to extract it.
Hans Glueck, 76, who has quested after the hoard of gold, diamonds, artworks and rare postage stamps for two decades says the owner of the land wants the treasure for himself.
But without the map and coordinates he has obtained down the years 'he is as blind as a mole,' said the fortune-seeker.
Hans Glueck, 76, who has quested after the hoard for two decades, believes it contains gold, diamonds, artworks and rare postage stamps
In the dying days of the Third Reich SS chief Heinrich Himmler greenlighted for his brutal deputy Ernst Kaltenbrunner to empty the Berlin Reichsbank of loot and send it south on a train to the Alps.
Hardline Nazis plotted their postwar resistance fantasy in the Alps with the Werewolf units and the treasure was intended to fund them.
The plan was for the train to cross the border at Passau into Austria and the loot to be stored in a salt mine.
The box in which part of the treasure map was discovered. Without the map and coordinates he has obtained down the years, Grueck says the landlord 'is as blind as a mole'
But Allied air attacks and advancing Russians made the train with its valuable cargo hide for three days in a tunnel at Tittling in Bavaria.
The SS had a functioning radio post in the forest at Arrach. This, says Glueck, was where it was to end up - and where it still lies.
A few days after the transport, Soviet troops intercepted a Nazi radio statement: 'Command executed. Transport of guards taken over and stored in BSCHW. Ask for further instructions. '
The abbreviation is thought to be a reference to the Bavarian Forest - Bayerische Wald - and the SCH a reference to schacht, or shaft.
The Nazi's abbreviation is thought to be a reference to the Bavarian Forest - Bayerische Wald - and the SCH a reference to schacht, or shaft
In the dying days of the Third Reich SS chief Heinrich Himmler (left) greenlighted for his brutal deputy Ernst Kaltenbrunner (right) to empty the Berlin Reichsbank of loot and send it south on a train to the Alps
Kaltenbrunner made it to his Austrian homeland where he was arrested on May 12, 1945 by a US military patrol.
In the garden of his villa, buried among the beetroot, was found 76 kilograms of gold in six bars - a small portion of the train's cargo.
On October 1, 1946, three days before his 43rd birthday, Kaltenbrunner was found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg, sentenced to death and executed on October 16 without revealing the whereabouts of the loot.
In 1995 Glueck, from Heidelberg, was giving an interview to Bavaria TV about his various worldwide treasure hunts that had taken him to Greece, Portugal and America and made him well known among the world's metal detecting fraternity.
Afterwards he was contacted by a man who said he had an old map that he might find 'interesting.'
The map, he was told, had belonged to an SS officer captured by the Russians and shipped to Siberia.
'Presumably he had sewn the card into the lining of his coat,' says Glueck.
The SS man was doomed, and he knew it: the Russians shot most of them out of hand.
Before he was executed he handed the map with the details of the Arrach treasure on it to Willi Jahnke, a Wehrmacht soldier and prisoner of war.
Jahnke survived captivity to return to his home which would later become Communist East Germany.
He kept the map and dreamed of one day going west to look for the treasure.
Property stolen from Jews during the war is among the loot buried in old and booby-trapped mines near the village of Arrach, close to the border with Czech Republic. Pictured are rings removed from the victims of the Nazi's concentration camps
When the Berlin Wall fell, Jahnke 'wanted to use his chance for wealth at last,' said Glueck.
He travelled to the Bavarian Forest in 1990 with his wife in a bid to find the treasure, but he did not understand the map and its markings.
However, locals told him of the 'night and fog' action that took place there early in May 1945.
It saw Polish forced laborers have to reload heavy ammunition crates on to 20 available hay carts.
The residents of Arrach were commanded stay indoors and keep their shutters closed.
Piotr Koper, from Walbrzych, Poland, and Andreas Liechter, from Germany, used ground-penetrating radar to create images that appeared to show something resembling train cars
Piotr Koper, from Walbrzych, Poland, and Andreas Liechter, from Germany, created a storm when they said they had found a locomotive which has been hidden for more than 70 years.
The revelation sent treasure hunters into a frenzy, with people travelling from across the world to a town in southern Poland see if they could find the legendary train for themselves.
The search has pivoted around a network of tunnels underneath the castle of Ksiaz, built by the Nazis during the occupation.
No one knew exactly why they were constructed, but theories include a safe place to store weapons, ill-gotten gains, a bunker for Hitler - and even to conceal evidence of aliens.
The pair insisted last year's excavation is more than just a treasure hunt.
But while the dig confirmed findings by experts from a university in Krakow last year who used magnetic equipment but found no trace of train or tunnel.
Those who did not obey the order were punished - including a teenager who crept into the forest and was later found executed.
The twelve laborers who had brought the laden wagons into the forest were shot in Arrach three days later.
Willie Jahnke died in 1995 following an operation and handed the SS treasure map to the owner of the forest before his death.
Now, Hans Glueck has lodged a claim with the German finance ministry to receive a 10 percent stake of the treasure's value, should someone get to it before him.
He is also appealing to the Central Council for Jews in Germany to put pressure on Berlin for a dig to go ahead.
Property stolen from Jews during the war is among the loot buried in old and booby-trapped mines near the village of Arrach, close to the border with Czech Republic.
Over two weekends in May 1995, after being contacted by the landowner, Glueck went to Arrach for the first time.
He discovered glass vials and a metal box containing part of a map annotated with additional notes and markers.
The markings were a cross, a few dots, lines, and the numbers 600, 900, 750.
He is also appealing to the Central Council for Jews in Germany to put pressure on Berlin for a dig to go ahead. Pictured are hoarded Nazi gold coins found in Lüneburg in 2015
Glueck said the glass vials were 'a warning'.
He added: 'The treasure is secured with three mines. But what the codes mean no —idea.'
Over the next two decades he drove 15 times a year to Arrach searching for the treasure.
In the spring of 1945 there was still snow in the forest and the path marked on the map is steep and inclined uphill.
Glueck deduced that the treasure could be towed away in a flat clearing off a narrow path and down a steep slope
'I was electrified,' he said. 'I knew at that moment I was in the correct place.'
The treasure hunter used a device designed to measure the Earth's magnetic field, which indicates when metal is under the ground.
'It came from the iron fittings of the ammunition crates,' he said.
Grueck employed the help of a friend who carried out a ground radar search and they found a cavity in the ground where he believes the treasure is located.
However, because the forest is privately owned, Grueck requires special permission to unearth the treasure but the landlord has declined.
Glueck says: 'He wants to find the treasure himself, but won't succeed because I hold all the cards.'
With the search stalemated he hopes the Jewish authority can put pressure on central government to dig for the missing treasure.
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Landlord won't let treasure hunter dig for Nazi gold