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Found! Diamonds Looted by Nazis

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, October, 1946

After lying unclaimed for a year in a garage at Goettigen, in Hanover, fifteen trunks were handed over by the garage owner to the British military government. They had been left behind by a Wehrmacht unit a few hours before the surrender of Germany and were found to be filled with diamonds, believed to have been looted from the Antwerp diamond bourse. They have been placed in the vaults of the Reichsbank at Hanover. 


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