A World War II diary written by a Nazi officer has come into the spotlight after it was revealed that it may lay out the location of a Nazi-confiscated treasure worth billions of dollars, according to a Polish news site.
An S.S. officer pen-named "Michaelis" wrote the diary that reportedly contains the plans of Hitler henchman Heinrich Himmler. Himmler allegedly sought to hide various items of great worth, including art and artifacts plundered by the Nazis as they swept across Europe. Reports indicate the diary contains a map pointing to 11 different locations where the treasure, which includes more than over 30 tons of gold, is hidden.
The diary had been the property of a Masonic lodge in Quedlinburg, Germany, whose membership included multiple Nazi officers, including "Michaelis.". Last year, as an "apology for World War II," the lodge handed over the diary to a group called the Silesian Bridge Foundation.
The Foundation's leader, Roman Furmaniak, says that Hochberg Palace, a 16th century castle in Roztoka, Poland, is the first treasure site. According to Furmaniak, a well 200 feet beneath the castle is holding the nearly 30 billion euros-worth of gold.
"Based on instructions I received from the Quedlinburgers, I believe I have located the well in the grounds of the palace," Furmaniak said.
The Polish government has not yet confirmed the authenticity of the diary, but the search for the buried well is likely to commence as part of the castle owners' restoration plans.