Leon Giesen of the Dutch city of Utrecht is in Mainz, Germany, hunting for millions of dollars in diamonds and gold bullion.
He thinks he’s cracked a mysterious code to find the loot buried by the Nazis to fund the secret Werewolf commandos they planned to send behind enemy lines at the end of WW2. City officials have given their permission to dig up a public street but if there are boxes with valuable items below the surface, they may be booby-trapped so he’s bringing in specialists to do the work.
For decades there’s been the myth that Nazi leaders brought the cache to the Alpine fortress that Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and father of the Lebensborn program, hoped to erect in southern Germany. Composer Gottfried Federlein’s “March Impromptu” annotated score could hold the key. In the musical notes, Martin Bormann, Hitler’s private secretary, is said to have embedded a series of letters, figures and lyrics that provide the exact coordinates to the treasure.
A Dutch journalist made the documents public following his own failed attempts to decipher the code. After nine months of study, Giesen is convinced he understands the code and has a good theory about it is. The initial testing was financed with public funding. He performed at a Dutch festival this summer where he sold replicas of the treasure map for 50 euros ($65) and sold more than 700 copies. He needs more money to go forward now that his geophysical survey shows a so-called anomaly deep before the surface. Expects have told him it may only be a big stone or an old aircraft bomb.
If he does find treasure, in Germany finders can be rewarded with 3 to 5 percent if a person or institution can claim ownership. But, he would receive up to 50 percent if no owner could be found.
I love treasure stories and writing them. This might make one “thriller” of a mystery story. Giesen says he will donate any reward. He, too, as a filmmaker, just wants a good story.