LONDON (Aug. 21)
A fortune in gold, looted from Nazi victims and estimated to be worth at least $280,000,000, is believed to have been buried in the Austrian Alps by Nazi leaders including Adolf Eichmann, the war criminal who directed the extermination of 6,000,000 Jews in Europe, it was reported here today by the Bonn correspondent of the Sunday Times.
Local residents of the Styrian mountain village where Eichmann sought refuge after the war, are wondering, according to the correspondent, if the Nazi war criminal now awaiting trial in Israel, will at last disclose the secret of the Blau Alm (Mountain Pasture) where witnesses say he buried the treasure. The hoard, they believe is partly the proceeds of ransom which Eichmann exacted from thousands of his Jewish victims.
The correspondent also reported that a number of highly incriminating documents which are still lying at the bottom of Lake Toplitz in the same area, include the names of prominent persons who gave assistance to Eichmann and other Nazis in Hitler’s “Final Solution” plan for liquidating the Jews.
The writer asserted that “there is already talk of the Jews making their own official search, with or without the aid of the Austrian Government, in order to get to the bottom of the reports about the hidden treasure and the documents.