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A True Story of Nazi Plunder and the Race to Recover the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire
Had Hitler succeeded in conquering Europe, he would have crowned himself Holy Roman Emperor. The Nazis had in their possession priceless artifacts that would give Hitler legitimacy in his subjects' eyes: the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, including the Spear of Destiny, alleged to have pierced Christ's side at the Crucifixion. Looted from the royal treasury in Vienna, Austria, the Crown Jewels were hidden in a secret bunker deep beneath Nrnberg castle, known to few but Heinrich Himmler, his staff, and a captured German soldier whose family lived above it.
As luck would have it, the officer in charge of interrogating the soldier was First Lieutenant Walter Horn, art history professor. Following his report to General Patton, Horn would be assigned to recover this ancient treasure. Would he find it before covert Nazi agents could use it to revive the defeated regime?
>Based on recently discovered and previously unpublished documents and interviews with all remaining living participants, this is a tale that surpasses fiction: part thriller, part detective story, all true.
©2010 Sidney Kirkpatrick (P)2010 HighBridge Company
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5 out of 5 stars
By Diane on 05-23-11


This is one of the most engrossing books I've read in a long time. With all the fantastical stories floating around about the Nazis and their weird belief systems, it's easy to dismiss all of it as hokum. Kirkpatrick's thought-provoking exploration of the actual facts behind one aspect of Nazi mythology is truly a case of truth being stranger than fiction. My only complaint is the narrator's consistent mispronunciation of the name "Longinus" throughout the book--come on, in this day and age, it's just plain laziness not to check the pronunciation of proper names and places!! I'm still going with 5 stars, however, because the book itself is so good.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Garry on 03-19-13

Enjoyable, interesting and informative

What did you love best about Hitler's Holy Relics?

Good description mixed with the history of the relics from their first use through to the wrs that followed to their ultimate twisted minds of Nazi origins of the relics

What about Charles Stransky’s performance did you like?

Very clear and listenable

Any additional comments?

This is something to listen too especially to understand the twisted minds of the Nazi leadership

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By Simon on 04-13-13

A window into history

Sidney Kirkpatric's book provides a wonderful window to the awful but surreal days in Nuremburg immediately after the Second World War when Germany was in a no-man's land between slaughter and rebuilding, when both sides were still trying to come to terms with the holocaust that had overtaken Germany. The vacuum was filled by an army of bureaucrats forced to turn a blind eye to the Nazi sympathies of many of the German civilian administrators they were working with. In the midst if all this we get an insight into the true, perverted but mystical nature if the Nazi cult - deliberately glossed over in the Nuremburg trials, and the almost magical importance of symbols to the Nazi elite.

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