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on 3 November 2006
This book details the story of Germany's gold, foreign currency and art treasures to the South of the country during the last few weeks of the war.

Reading it, I'm surprised most of the gold and currency actually got there given the 'sticky fingers' of not just Germans and civilians, but the American Army who seem to have helped themselves as well. Senior SS officers also appear to be regular looters, given their need for portable wealth escaping ahead of the hangman.

Also covers the role of Switzerland in their (well documented elsewhere) willing role as conduits for looted gold and other art treasures from their unfortunate owners.
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VINE VOICEon 3 January 2010
This is an awe inspiring book, not simply for the time and effort that went into researching it. Twenty-two pages of close-typed sources, plus an additional seven page bibliography give a small indication of the through contribution to the cause of truth contained herein. The writers have sifted fact from fiction to provide the answers to some interesting questions. What happened to the missing Nazi gold, millions of dollars worth of gold and currency, moved from Berlin to Bavaria in the closing days of the war? Who were the men involved, German, American, British, and others? Why the secrecy over official involvement by the post-war military government in Southern Germany? Was it corruption, incompetence, or both?
It would be wrong to deny the huge contribution of Americans in the defeat of the Nazi menace, however, the evidence shows that a minority were actively enriching themselves with the `spoils of war' with a spirit in contrast with German officers like Pfeiffer, entrusted with the gold. This is a complex tale convincingly told, truth is stranger than fiction.
The compelling chronological account of events, with pen-portraits of the main characters, honourable and not so honourable, sets this book above others.
It is clear that for some, time and the death of any witnesses, aided by the judicious shredding of any investigative documentation, is still welcome. I concur with Stuart Eizenstat, who in advocating openness stated, `No one can rectify the mistakes of the past, but we can make a greater effort'.
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on 23 December 2014
very good story ,you have to remind yourself at various intervals that its a true story,mind boggling what actually went on in those 6 years of war ,probably just the tip of a very big iceberg
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on 15 October 2011
This book is a masterpiece of research and perseverence, you can only take your hat off to the two authors who made this book possible. It tracks the Nazi Gold and looted Foreign currency reserves from the ruins of the Reichsbank in a crumbling Berlin in Spring 1945 through to it's troubled and somewhat depleted retrieval.
This book although long winded in parts is a facinating account of what happened to the loot as it passed through the corrupt hands of various Nazi and American officials; it has a cast of thousands from bankers,Generals Civil Servants to good times girls who all play their part in this tale.You could n't make up this story it too incredible, the shear scale of the epic tale will have you in awe.
For lovers of a good conspiracy theory with a late 1940's backdrop its a must.
Fabulous! I am now waiting for a 8 hour mini series starring Clooney or someone of that ilk!
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on 6 February 2013
Great read, massive amount of information although don't expect to find all the answers. Though a few no doubt laughed all the way FROM the bank.
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on 3 March 2013
An extremely interesting book on a topic little mentioned today. The relevance of this subject matter is plain for the reader; a recommended read.
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on 1 July 2014
I was keen to find out more about Nazi loot after reading Tom Bower's superb 'Blood Money'.

There is undoubtedly a fantastic story here & it would make a great film, but unfortunately the book was a bit of a disappointment.

It is just too detailed. The authors have clearly done vast amounts of research, but personally I would prefer to have the conclusions of that research concisely presented in the book, rather than having to read all the minutiae (much of which is of only limited relevance to the core theme: the fate of the loot).

Despite being fascinated by the subject matter, at times I found it quite an effort to keep pressing on.
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on 13 June 2015
The vast scale is incredible. How greed contrived to cheat those who had nothing and to do so ruthlessly amazes.
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on 9 June 2015
Very good, if there is a film about this story I'd like to see it, if there isn't then someone should make it.
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on 19 September 2015
a very good read a good buy
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