In the salt mines of Thüringen, on a depth of about 500 metres, the gold-supply of the German Reichsbank, as well as some works of art from German museums, was stored. It was discovered on 8 April 1945 by American troops, after a tip of a high bank-employee.
The American Command decided to move the gold and the works of art to Frankfurt. It was a secret mission because the area belonged to the Russians. The convoy was graded by tanks and aircraft, but some gold disappeared and is still missing.
The rooms where the gold was stored, is now part of an underground event-complex. A small exhibit remembers of the use during the Second World War.
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- Text: Fedor de Vries
- Photos: Flickr