German civilians in a city on the Elbe River, gather around a poster containing Law Number 5, issued by the Military Government-Germany (American Occupation forces). It announces the dissolution of the Nazi party. Next, a German Army medic talks to an American, near a huge pile of German military uniforms, military equipment, and accessories. Civilians including former German soldiers throng a town square, adding items to the pile. A woman pulls uniform items from her wash basket. An American soldier talks with a German woman as bystanders watch and listen. A man and boy look at a small rifle before the boy throws it on the pile. View from above of the square with people crowded around the pile of castoffs in its center. Women placing officers' swords on the pile. Complete change of scene shows a U.S. soldier from the 3rd Army, in a salt mine, in Merkers, Germany, on April 15, 1945. He is perusing Nazi pilfered jewelry in a case. Another soldier looks at a bar of gold and displays it for the camera. Many wrapped gold bars are behind him. Banknotes are seen in the hands of a soldier. Numerous packages of currency sit in the background. American soldiers show some of the priceless artwork also hidden in the salt mine. Among the paintings seen, is "Wintergarden," by French impressionist painter Edouard Manet.
Near the end of 2nd World War in Germany, American troops are seen in the Salt Mines at Merkers, Germany. They examine gold bars. Another American soldier opens up a suitcase filled with silver articles. Many suitcases filled with silver articles. (All these items had been confiscated by German Schutzstaffel (SS) troops.)
American soldiers examine Reichsbank notes and paintings at the Salt Mines in Merkers, Germany near end of World War II in Europe. Soldiers looks at Reichsbank notes. Cardboard boxes containing notes piled up one on the other at the Salt Mines. The soldiers examine the different currency notes of the Reichsbank Bank. Two soldiers look at famous paintings by various artists that were stolen by the Nazis. The soldiers look at the Albrecht Durer etchings.
A salt mine in Merkers, Germany. A sign in German outside the salt mine. An American soldier guards the gates of the mine. One hundred tons of Nazi gold bullion, jewels, stolen paintings and art, silver and currency discovered at the mine. Soldiers look at silver spoons, gold bullion and rare and expensive paintings. Bags full of currency from European countries. Two million dollars of American currency in boxes. Cash bags piled up at the mine.
Gold bars, bags and suitcases filled with coins inside the Merkers Mines in Germany. Reichsbank notes and confiscated silver. Two U.S. soldiers open one of the bags, remove gold bar and examine it, then place it back into the bag. They stack bags labeled "Reichsbank"
Gold bars, bags and suitcases filled with coins inside the Merkers Mines in Germany. Reichsbank notes and confiscated silver. Two U.S. Army soldiers examine the stash.