Back to William Bathurs’s article in the COUNTER JOURNAL:
Already during the official reception, it became obvious, that the Duce and the Führer had big interest in the map of Wustrow.
The unofficial part of the visit began: ‚After the formalities the Duce and the German withdrew in one of the buildings. Just me and my Teutonic counterpart were allowed to join them. And the conversation had a big surprise for me too. Because now I understood what was in these big wooden boxes, accompanying us strictly guarded during our travel: Antique Roman gold of immeasurable value.’
Franchitti describes detailed the plan of the Italian tyrant, who wanted to be prepared for his future life for the case of a revolution. According to Franchitti Hitler should have said: “And I personally will help digging!”. Following the two alone took a truck with the boxes and started. The complete training range had been cordoned, so nobody could know where the two started digging. After about three hours the two treasure diggers returned to the officers’ mess of Wustrow.
Three Months later Mauro Franchitti retired from the service of the Duce, and joined the resistance with the start of the war. He survived as many times decorated war hero and emigrated to the US in 1951.
But what the two dictators had buried on Wustrow didn’t get completely forgotten in the public. The knowledge about it followed the peninsula. Because the trace leads from Kentucky to the capital of the Soviet Union: to Moscow.
Because the treasure was mentioned once again, namely on December 5th 1983 in a front page article in the newspaper Prawda: „Wustrow treasure finally lost” headlined the Russian journalist Dimitri Donskoi. In concise words, he described the history of the treasure, referring to William Bathurst’s American article, which after two years had made its way into the Soviet Union by the KGB agent Vladimir Punting. On Wustrow, the result was, that time and again soldiers went out to find the bounty, the Russians called Duce-Treasure. Without success.
Even rewards set up by striving Russian multimillionaires – they wanted do donate the treasure to buy the best soccer players of the World for Spartak Moscow – didn’t lead to success. And then the peninsula was returned to Germany. End of the game for Russia.
So, until today the world is waiting for the big finding. The Fundus group, today the owner of Wustrow, cordoned the peninsula completely for the public some years ago. With regard to lots of people hunting the treasure and by this endangering themselves by the ammunition still in the soil of Wustrow, surely an appropriate move.
At least, many of you surely remember the story. You don’t remember? Well, may be everything is just completely made up...
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