Hitler's Holy Relics

Hitler's Holy Relics

A True Story of Nazi Plunder and the Race to Recover the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire

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When covert Nazi agents take the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire during the waning days of World War II, Generals Eisenhower and Patton task Lieutenant Walter Horn with recovering the ancient treasure before its possessors can use it to revive the horrors of the defeated regime.

Simon and Schuster
From Paris to Stalingrad, the Nazis systematically plundered all manner of art and antiquities. But the first and most valuable treasures they looted were the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. In Hitler’s Holy Relics, bestselling author Sidney Kirkpatrick tells the riveting and never-before-told true story of how an American college professor turned Army sleuth recovered these cherished symbols of Hitler’s Thousand-Year Reich before they could become a rallying point in the creation of a Fourth and equally unholy Reich.

Anticipating the Allied invasion of Nazi Germany, Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler had ordered a top-secret bunker carved deep into the bedrock beneath Nürnberg castle. Inside the well-guarded chamber was a specially constructed vault that held the plundered treasures Hitler valued the most: the Spear of Destiny (reputed to have been used to pierce Christ’s side while he was on the cross) and the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, ancient artifacts steeped in medieval mysticism and coveted by world rulers from Charlemagne to Napoleon. But as Allied bombers rained devastation upon Nürnberg and the U.S. Seventh Army prepared to invade the city Hitler called “the soul of the Nazi Party,” five of the most precious relics, all central to the coronation ceremony of a would-be Holy Roman Emperor, vanished from the vault. Who took them? And why? The mystery remained unsolved for months after the war’s end, until the Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, ordered Lieutenant Walter Horn, a German-born art historian on leave from U.C. Berkeley, to hunt down the missing treasures.To accomplish his mission, Horn must revisit the now-rubble-strewn landscape of his youth and delve into the ancient legends and arcane mysticism surrounding the antiquities that Hitler had looted in his quest for world domination. Horn searches for clues in the burnt remains of Himmler’s private castle and follows the trail of neo-Nazi “Teutonic  Knights” charged with protecting a vast hidden  fortune in plundered gold and other treasure. Along  the way, Horn has to confront his own demons:  how members of his family and former academic  colleagues subverted scholarly research to help  legitimize Hitler’s theories of Aryan supremacy  and the Master Race. What Horn discovers on his  investigative odyssey is so explosive that his final  report will remain secret for decades.

Drawing on unpublished interrogation and  intelligence reports, as well as on diaries, letters,  journals, and interviews in the United States and Germany, Kirkpatrick tells this riveting and disturbing story with cinematic detail and reveals— for the first time—how a failed Vienna art student, obsessed with the occult and dreams of his own grandeur, nearly succeeded in creating a Holy Reich rooted in a twisted reinvention of medieval and Church history.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Description: x, 316 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781416590620
Branch Call Number: 940.531 Kir


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soblessed59 Jul 10, 2012

Couldn't ask for a more satisfying read.
Hitler's Holy Relics is totally gripping and terrifying. I remember seeing film clips of his screaming rants and never could fathom how an entire nation of people could be so swayed as to follow such a totally despicable lunatic!
This book does not answer that question.However the historical information about the Nazi era and about all the Holy Relics is totally fascinating.Until I finished this was a very hard book to put down,and that is always a major plus.Did come to see that Hitler's right hand men, Himmler and Borman were every bit as insane/possessed as Hitler himself.
Highly recommended for those interested in WWII history and the mysticism surrounding the Holy Relics.


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Jul 20, 2013

In 1424, the Holy roman Empire relics, including the lance said to have been used to slay Jesus Christ on the Cross, was moved from Prague to Nuremberg. In 1796, as Napoleon's army approached, the collection was moved to Vienna for safe keeping. When Austria was annexed to Germany in WWII, Hitler ordered the collection be returned to Nuremberg and hidden. This story -- a true documentary of their recovery -- begins in 1945, and is about how they were found by invading US troops and returned to Austria.

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