Monetary Men: The Allies' Struggle to Recover and Restore Nazi Gold, Silver, and Diamonds

Kenneth D. Alford

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This book is a must for anyone with an interest in missing caches of gold and the financial aspects of military history. In the closing days of World War II, the U.S. Government took into custody 370 tons of gold from Nazi Germany, but the gold, silver, and currency still missing is even greater. The author traces the recovery of more than 500 of these large caches by the Allies and then their mysterious disbursement. Among their finds, the Monetary Men of the U.S. Army uncovered 288 tons of gold, with hordes of silver, diamonds, and precious jewels in a salt mine in Merkers, Germany. They took in Holocaust valuables from Dachau and Buchenwald, Ustasha Croatian Gold, and Italian Fascist gold. An appendix contains a timeline and summaries of all the shipments recovered by the U.S., as well as a financial spreadsheet detailing the 370 tons of gold recovered and its final distribution.

Size: 7" x 10" | 55 b/w images | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764348365

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Ken Alford is a frequent historical consultant for television productions and a contributor to news articles involving looted Nazi Treasures. He is the author of The Spoils of World War II, Great Treasure Stories of World War II, Allied Looting in World War II, Civil War Museum Treasures, Hermann Göring and the Nazi Art Collection, Sacking Aladdin’s Cave and co-authored, Nazi Millionaires. He makes his home in Richmond, Virginia.