A Dutch filmmaker thinks he has cracked a Nazi code hidden in a musical score and that it will lead him to treasure buried beneath a Bavarian road, Der Spiegel reports.
Some believe that, in the last gasp of the Third Reich, Hitler’s aide Martin Bormann wrote clues on March Impromptu by Gottfried Federlein, giving the coordinates of a cache of gold or diamonds.
Decades later, Dutch journalist Karl Hammer Kaatee got a hold of the score, which filmmaker Leon Giesen, 51, has spent years examining.
There’s no proof the score is genuine, Der Spiegel says, but when Giesen made the score public in December, he was “deluged” with help from armchair codebreakers.
“It’s like a treasure map that can’t be deciphered,” says Jürgen Proske, a local historian from Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Yet Giesen says he has:
The line added to the score that reads “Wo Matthias die Saiten Streichelt” (“where Matthew plucks strings”) is a reference to Mittenwald and its famous son Matthias Klotz, who founded the town’s violinmaking tradition. Moreover, he contends that the score contains a schematic diagram of the train tracks that ran through Mittenwald in the 1940s, and that the rune and fragmented sentence “Enden der Tanz” (“end the dance”) at the end of the score means the treasure can be found at the former site of the buffer stops.
Giesen has been drilling in the Bavarian town and unearthed a large quantity of unidentified metals. “Geologists call it an anomaly, a substance that doesn’t belong there,” Giesen says. He needs to raise more cash to conduct further excavations.
Proske is dubious. “It could be a treasure chest,” he says. “But it could just be a manhole cover.”