Friday, 22 February 2008

The Amber Room at Last?

By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: February 21, 2008
Could it be that more than 60 years after the end of World War II, the Amber Room has been found? Long-lost amber panels backed with gold leaf were stolen by the Nazis from the Soviet Union during the war. Now it appears they may lie in a man-made cavern 60 feet underground near the village of Deutschneudorf on the German border with the Czech Republic, Spiegel Online International reported. The Amber Room, below, created by German and Russian craftsmen, was a gift from King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia to his ally Czar Peter the Great of Russia in 1716. The possible discovery of an estimated two tons of gold was made over the weekend when electromagnetic pulse measurements found the cavern near a long-abandoned railway station. Heinz-Peter Haustein, the mayor of Deutschneudorf and a member of Parliament who led the search, said, “I’m well over 90 percent sure we have found the Amber Room.”



How exciting is this?

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6 comments:

The Peak of Chic said...

I missed this story. Amazing, and very exciting!!

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

PoC - Let's hope they are right!

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Wow - now this is amazing! but what a strange place to find it!! Keep us posted as to what actually is unearthed!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

If true, what will the Russian government do with the Amber Room it reproduced and installed?

Habitually Chic said...

OMG! This is so exciting! Thanks for posting!

LondonCalling said...

Fascinating!!