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Hitler's holy relics : a true story of Nazi plunder and the race to recover the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire
2010
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Genre
NonFiction
History
War
Topics
Hitler, Adolf
Nazis
Relics
Jewels
Antiquities
Theft
Art theft
Holy Roman Empire
Occultism
Military history
German history
European history
American history
World history
Setting
Italy - Europe
Germany - Europe
Time Period
-- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

Based on a true story spanning several centuries and continents, Kirkpatrick's (-sidneykirkpatrick.blogspot.com) latest nonfiction title, following A Cast of Killers (2007), reads like a wild cross between Raiders of the Lost Ark and the novels of Michael Connelly. From the Spear of Destiny that lanced the side of Christ to the detailed symbolism of the Third Reich, this incredible-but-true account follows the 1945 search for the pillaged symbols of Germanic glory. In it, U.S. Army lieutenant Walter Horn, a prewar professor of art history, is the lead investigator in a race against time for these stolen, priceless artifacts, which might have been a uniting factor in the rise of a Fourth Reich. Narrator Charles Stransky's (Red Moon Rising) tension-filled performance is spectacular. Recommended for anyone interested in military affairs and American history. [See Prepub Exploded, LJ Online 12/3/09.-Ed.]-Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

In this fast-paced history, Kirkpatrick (A Cast of Killers) describes the efforts of German-born Walter Horn, a U.S. Army first lieutenant and art historian, to locate the missing crown, orb, scepter, imperial sword, and ceremonial sword of the Holy Roman Empire in Europe at the end of WWII. The objects, along with the Holy Lance of Longinus and many other artifacts, had been stolen by the Nazis from Austria after the Anschluss in 1938 and, conceivably, could have been used by Nazis to motivate Germans in the creation of a "Fourth Reich." Through research, investigation, and amateur detective work, Horn explored the continuing threats inherent in Nazi mythology while successfully solving the core mystery of the disappearance of the crown jewels. Definitely speculative in the suggestion that a mysterious new order of "Teutonic Knights" might exist for malevolent political purposes, Horn's story is an interesting footnote to the history of WWII. 24 pages of b&w photos; 2 maps. (May 11) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
From Paris to Stalingrad, the Nazis plundered all manner of art & antiquities. But the first & most valuable treasure they looted were the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. This is the true-life Indiana Jones story of a college professor turned Army sleuth who foils a Nazi plot to preserve these symbols of Hitler's Thousand Year Reich.
Table of Contents
Author's Notep. XI
1Blacksmith's Alleyp. 1
2Monuments Menp. 9
3Camp Ritchie Boysp. 26
4Invasion of Nürnbergp. 36
5Thor's Hammerp. 46
6Pandora's Boxp. 59
7Spear of Destinyp. 77
8Himmler's Scholarsp. 92
9The Aryan Jesusp. 107
10Hitler's Fairy-Tale Kingdomp. 118
11Teutonic Knightsp. 126
12The Enemy at the Gatesp. 135
13Chain of Commandp. 145
14Himmler's Courierp. 152
15Keys to the Vaultp. 158
16Hitler's Holy Reichp. 171
17Externsteinep. 181
18Black Camelotp. 193
19The White Housep. 204
20Nazi Plunderp. 215
21Camp Kingp. 224
22The Crown Jewelsp. 234
23The Faustian Bargainp. 241
24The Fourth Reichp. 251
Epiloguep. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 273
Notesp. 277
Indexp. 297
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