The hunt for the amber room is continuing, in 1997 they found two pieces of the room a commode and a mosaic. As proof of their good faith, the Germans
handed these over to Vladimir Putin in 1997 and 1999
A telegram was found which read: 'Amber Room operation complete, object stored in B.Sch. W.V'. Conflicting theories decoded this as meaning the B
shaft of a mine at Wittekein Vollpriehausen, near Göttingen, or as the B hold (Schiffsraum) of the ship Wilhelm Gustloff. An ill fate came to both of
these in 1945: the mine was flooded, the ship sunk by a Russian submarine.
Heinz-Peter Haustein, Mayor of Deutschneudorf, Saxony.
Theory: the crates were buried in a mine in Deutschneudorf, as remembered by "Martin J.", an SS man who died recently. Villagers confirm the
presence of SS in April 1945.
Jozef Muzík, Czech treasure-hunter.
Theory: the Amber Room is in Stechovice, Czechoslovakia. Has secret documents, and local accounts from 1945. Last spring, he declared that he was
within months of locating the Amber Room.
The reward will be immense - the Amber Room is valued at anything between £100 million and £200 million. If found in Germany it would be returned to
the Russians, although the Czechs are making no such promises.
Tantalisingly, two elements of the Amber Room resurfaced in Germany, in the 1990s - a commode and a mosaic. As proof of their good faith, the Germans
handed these over to Vladimir Putin in 1997 and 1999.
Meanwhile, the hunt for the world's largest piece of jewellery goes on.
[Edited on 8-9-2003 by quaneeri]