June 29, 2022 | 5 comments
The hunt is now on for a bank account thought to contain over $1 billion stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s.
The Nazis plundered no end of valuables, gold and cash during their occupation of Europe and while some of it has since been retrieved, there are still thought to be large amounts of loot still hidden in various parts of the world, just waiting to be rediscovered.
Most recently, investigators have been looking into the possibility that the Nazis kept an absolute gargantuan sum of looted funds – over $1 billion – in a secret bank account.
The search for this hidden fortune was reignited when a list of 12,000 former Nazis and Nazi sympathizers – who fled to South America after the war – was recently found in Argentina.
The money, which was seemingly stolen from Jewish victims, was transferred to a single Credit Suisse bank account in Switzerland where it has likely been sitting untouched for 78 years.
Argentinian investigator Pedro Filipuzzi, who discovered the list at a warehouse, is heading up the search.
Officials from the Simon Wiesenthal Center (a Jewish rights organization) have also sent a letter to the bank’s vice-president in an effort to track down the stolen cash.
“We believe it very probable that these dormant accounts hold monies looted from Jewish victims, under the Nuremberg Aryanization laws of the 1930s,” they wrote.
“We are aware that you already have claimants as alleged heirs of Nazis in the list.”
So far, however, the bank maintains that it has been unable to locate the account in question.
Source: Metro.co.uk | Comments (5)