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BUT OTTO SKOR Z E N Y, dispatched by Himmler in early 1944, appar- ently had better luck. “The commando force reached Languedoc in early March 1944, and set up headquarters at the base of Montségur. Th ey spent a few days exploring the Cathar fortress and in reconnaissance of the surrounding mountains. They discovered remnants of what had once been a 3,000-step stairway which led from the castle to an exit in the val- ley below,” wrote Colonel Howard Buechner. Skorzeny, disdaining intellectual study of the problem over the trea- sure’s location, set about his work from the standpoint of a tactician. He quickly surmised that Rahn and the members of the 1943 expedition had looked in the obvious—and wrong—locations. The Germans promptly found a secret path used as an escape route for the Cathars during the siege of Montségur, which ended in March 1244, exactly seven hundred years earlier. “Skorzeny and his men scouted along this path and soon discovered what appeared to be an ancient trail leading into the higher mountains,” related Colonel Buechner. “At an undisclosed distance from Montségur they found a fortified entrance to a large grotto. Perhaps it was the grotto of Bouan, which was the last refuge of the Ca- thars after the fall of Montségur. Not far from this grotto was the moun- tain called La Peyre. Near the crest of this mountain was another grotto and in this cavern, it is said, they found the treasure.” On March 15, 1944, Skorzeny sent a one-word telegram to Berlin. It read: “Ureka [Eureka, or I have found it!].”
According to Colonel Buechner, the treasure consisted of: Thousands of gold coins, some of which dated back to the early days of the Roman Empire and earlier. ◆ Items believed to have come from the Temple of Solomon, which included gold plates and fragments of wood that provided strong evidence that the partially decomposed relic was the fabled Ark of the Covenant. ◆ Twelve stone tablets bearing p re-runic inscriptions, which none of the experts w ere able to read. These items comprised the stone grail of the Germans and of Otto Rahn. ◆ A beautiful silvery cup with an emerald-like base made of what appeared to be jasper. Three gold plaques on the cup w ere in- scribed with cuneiform script in an ancient language. ◆ A large number of religious objects of various types, which were unidentifiable as to time and significance. However, there were many crosses from different periods, made of gold or silver and adorned with pearls and precious stones. ◆ An abundance of precious stones in all sizes and shapes.
And where is the evidence that any of this is true?
No substance here I was excited by the title..
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The Bible is a book. Do you believe that to be complete truth?
Where is the log this supposed "Capt. Wilhelm Bernhart" claimed to have? And where is the hand-written letter of authenticity? And where are the photos?
I'm always sceptical of people who use pseudonyms.