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.
U.S. soldiers climb through a hole blown through the brick wall of a bar-locked room at Merkers Mines in Germany near end of World War II. Bags of Nazi gold, bank notes, and treasured paintings and stolen art work found inside the mine.
Lieutenant General Ben Lear, Major General Manton S Eddy and other officers exit the Merkers Mines in Germany. Major General Eddy dusts off his shoes. The men drive to another location among the industrial warehouses of the mines. They enter a warehouse. Views of piles of gold in bags labeled "Reichsbank" as well as boxes of currency and suitcases.
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.
Nazi soldiers at attention with guns drawn in Berlin during World War 2. U.S. soldiers on watch from damaged Berlin building. Man watching Berlin wall with binoculars while sitting in car. Pan American passenger airplane in flight after the war. Pan American passenger reading Time and other magazines. Aerial view of Berlin early 1960s. Pan American plane landing at Tempelhof Airport. Pan American passengers descending to tarmac under sign that reads, "Today Pan American has completed 93153 Transatlantic Crossings" Brandenburg Gate early 1960s. Drive through Brandenburg Gate in the 1920s. Drive through Berlin in the 1920s. Tourist bus flying American flag departs in Berlin 1920s. Berlin University 1920s. Early Nazis driving in Berlin streets. Hitler saluting parade. Hitler addressing Germans. Berlin in ruins Spring 1945 as tanks pass in front of Brandenburg Gate. Old starving woman walks on streets of Berlin amist ruins in 1945. Ruins of Berlin include Reichstag Building during 1945 battle. Women and children emerging from underground Berlin bunker in 1945, to a scene of devastation and rubble in the city. Ground view of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche or Gedächtniskirche). Interior of ruined Reichstag Building. Potsdam Conference 1945, Map of WWII Europe. Berlin map, including official Berlin map with signatures showing Zones of Occupation. Germany allied control authority gathering including American, British, and Soviet representatives. French, American, Soviet flags in Germany. Rebuilding of Berlin mostly by women clearing rubble, using shovels, wheelbarrows and cleaning old bricks for reuse. Over crowded train in Germany post-WWII filled with civilian refugees abandoning the cities and heading to the countryside of Germany to resettle.