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Friday, July 20, 2007


This is coolbert:

Buried treasure and the search for same has always held an unending fascination for some. Gold in particular has a special allure. The desire to find a buried and "long-lost" treasure trove of gold probably does drive some folks mad. I am thinking here of the Lost Dutchman Mine, Lasseter's Gold Reef, etc.

"according to one estimate, 8,000 people annually made some effort to locate the Lost Dutchman's mine."

Several instances of lost buried treasure of great value from World War Two [WW2] are still sought by "treasure hunters". A pile of gold awaits the successful searcher. It is out there somewhere - somewhere - just look hard enough - you too can find it!!

One such "treasure" from the era of WW2 is Yamashita's Gold.

An enormous treasure of "gold" [not necessarily just gold, but valuables of all sorts!!] hidden in various spots throughout the Philippines by the retreating forces of the Japanese General Yamashita [The Tiger of Malaya].

"Yamashita's gold, also referred to as the Yamashita treasure, is the name given to the loot worth tens of billions of dollars stolen in Southeast Asia by Japanese forces during World War II and hidden in caves, tunnels and underground complexes in the Philippines."

"The 'gold' reportedly included many different kinds of valuables looted from banks, depositories, temples, churches, other commercial premises, mosques, museums and private homes. It takes its name from General Tomoyuki Yamashita, who assumed command of Japanese forces in the Philippines in 1944."

[Yamashita was found guilty of atrocity perpetrated by Japanese forces in the Philippines at the very end of WW2 and hung. THIS EVEN THOUGH HE WAS OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE FORCES HE COMMANDED AND HAD NEITHER ORDERED OR WAS EVEN AWARE OF THE ATROCITIES AS THEY OCCURRED!!]

Yet another long-lost treasure trove of gold from the time of WW2 is "Rommel's Gold".

[let us make this perfectly clear. "it was not Field Marshal Erwin Rommel . . . who stripped Tunisian Jews of their wealth."]

Hidden gold that is not lost anymore?

"Rommel's sunken gold 'found' by British expert"

"six steel cases said to contain 440lb of gold bullion plus other precious objects pillaged from the Jewish community in Tunisia during the war."

"The famed treasure has long been reputed to have been dumped somewhere off the coast of Corsica by fleeing SS men, who planned to recover it after the war."

"Accounts suggest that it was not Field Marshal Erwin Rommel but the ruthless SS Colonel Walter Rauff who stripped Tunisian Jews of their wealth."

When you read that article about how "Rommel's Gold" has been "found", it becomes apparent that the gold itself has not been "found", but rather the possible location more accurately pinpointed!! Found?? NOT quite yet!!

"Even the just may sin with an open chest of gold before them”

YES, and the evil too!!



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