A Dutch filmmaker may have musically scored and after initial excavations may have discovered the site of Nazi buried treasure.
In the musical piece Marsch-Impromptu written by composer Gottfried Federlein, 51-year old Dutch filmmaker and musician Leon Giesen has theorized that a secret code hidden within the musical piece will lead to long-lost Nazi gold. On the Dutch journalist’s website is posted the musical document notating the code discovered in the hidden musical score.
Discovery of the concealed code led Giesen to the Bavarian town of Mittenwald, next to the Austrian border famously known for its violin-making.
Three attempts by Giesen have already been made to excavate and find the Nazi’s buried treasure.
Authorities granted permission for “a bid clarity dig” to Giesen to hunt for the Nazi gold, which has set off many a response from the community ranging from amusement to that of annoyance. Some think Giesen’s theory is outlandish, but the oddity of his theory has generated public interest.
Giesen is certain his theory of the hidden treasure is correct and that Nazi gold or diamonds have been secretly buried under Mittenwald roads.
The Indiana Jones story of hidden gold started in 1944 when the Allies and Soviet Army threatened to advance on Germany. To protect the Nazi regime, Heinrich Himmler, one of the most powerful men in Germany at the time, planned to build an Alpine Fortress as an area that protected soldiers from attack. The fort was to be a stronghold where the Nazi’s could fight the allies to the bloody end.
In 1945, the German Reichsbank and the Wehrmacht Armed Forces approved of a plan to store portions of the bank’s reserves in the small town of Einsiedl. The Allies confiscated most of these German assets, but around 100 gold bars, Swiss francs, dollars and diamonds went missing.
Legend has it that in the final days of World War II, Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, took to scribbling secret code hidden within the musical score. Within the piece he drew letters, figures and runes secretly giving the coordinates of the buried treasure hidden by the Nazis.
The Marsch-Impromptu containing Bormann’s secret code decades later ended up in the hands of Dutch journalist Karl Hammer Kaatee for deciphering. After Kaatee’s attempt to break the hidden code, in December he made his research feat public.
The mysterious pull of the hidden treasure’s legend caught the attention of many. Kaatee became inundated with emails and suggestions helping decipher the meaning of the symbols.
Although there is still no proof that hidden code in the music composition is genuine, the thrill that the document could be a treasure map has many archeologists excited.
Giesen believes he has solved the mystery behind the hidden treasure.
In a line added to the musical piece reads “Wo Mattias Die Salten Streichelt” which translates as “Where Matthew plucks strings,” Giesen believes this references Mittenwald and the infamous son Mathias Klotz. Klotz founded the tradition of violin-making in the town for which the practice still prevails to this day.
Giesen states the musical score also shows a diagram of train tracks that ran through Mittenwald in the 1940’s. A portion of another sentence in the piece reads “Enden der tanz” which translates as “end the dance” suggests that the treasure’s location is at the end of the train track route.
Drilling efforts have returned positive results. A large amount of unidentified metals have been excavated. Geologists say these metals uncovered are not a substance that is natural to the area.
Giesen is continuing his treasure hunt and is now locating an excavation company who employees the use of explosives. A public funding campaign is being established to pay the costs for the continued search.
Giesen will possibly film a documentary of his attempts in finding the treasure.
Local historians doubt any treasure exists even stating the hunt may only unearth a manhole cover for all they know.
But skeptical or not, Giesen is adamant that hidden in composer Gottfried Federlein’s music he has found the secret code to the Nazi’s gold.
Written by Lisa Graziano