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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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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 andlt;Iandgt;Hitlerand#8217;s Holy Relics, andlt;/Iandgt;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 Hitlerand#8217;s Thousand-Year Reich before they could become a rallying point in the creation of a Fourth and equally unholy Reich.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Anticipating the Allied invasion of Nazi Germany, Reichsfand#252;hrer Heinrich Himmler had ordered a top-secret bunker carved deep into the bedrock beneath Nand#252;rnberg 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 Christand#8217;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 Nand#252;rnberg and the U.S. Seventh Army prepared to invade the city Hitler called and#8220;the soul of the Nazi Party,and#8221; 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 warand#8217;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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 Himmlerand#8217;s private castle and follows the trail of neo-Nazi and#8220;Teutonicandnbsp; Knightsand#8221; charged with protecting a vast hiddenandnbsp; fortune in plundered gold and other treasure. Alongandnbsp; the way, Horn has to confront his own demons:andnbsp; how members of his family and former academicandnbsp; colleagues subverted scholarly research to helpandnbsp; legitimize Hitlerand#8217;s theories of Aryan supremacyandnbsp; and the Master Race. What Horn discovers on hisandnbsp; investigative odyssey is so explosive that his finalandnbsp; report will remain secret for decades. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Drawing on unpublished interrogation andandnbsp; intelligence reports, as well as on diaries, letters,andnbsp; journals, and interviews in the United Statesandnbsp;and Germany, Kirkpatrick tells this riveting and disturbing story with cinematic detail and revealsand#8212; for the first timeand#8212;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.

About the Author

Sidney Kirkpatrick is an award-winning filmmaker and international best-selling author.andnbsp;His critically acclaimed non-fiction books include A CAST OF KILLERS, TURNING THE TIDE, LORDS OF SIPAN, EDGAR CAYCE: AN AMERICAN PROPHET, and THE REVENGE OF THOMAS EAKINS. His documentary film, MY FATHER THE PRESIDENT, about Theodore Roosevelt as seen through the eyes of his daughter, Ethel Roosevelt Derby, was a winner at the American Film Festival.andnbsp;HBO, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the A andamp; E Television Networks have all featured his work. Biographical profiles of Kirkpatrick have appeared in andlt;iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Timeandlt;/iandgt; magazine, andlt;iandgt;The New Yorkerandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Playboyandlt;/iandgt;.andnbsp; He is a graduate of Hampshire College and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Stony Brook, New York.

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