Archaeologists Just Found a World War II Capsule with Amazing Contents
World War II was a dark and dangerous time for many, especially those in the whole areas of Germany and Poland – and all of Europe in general! It was an incredibly violent time in history and completely changed the course of the nations. Germany’s legacy has completely changed since then, and every piece of history that comes out of that time is a precious reminder of everything that took place! One such example of such history was hidden deep inside a time capsule, and everything within was completely amazing.
How it all began
Everyone knows who Adolf Hitler was: he is one of the most, if not the most notorious fascist of all time, responsible for the lives of countless of people in just a few short years.
Adolf Hitler was the Führer of Germany between 1934 and 1945, but before that, he was the Chancellor of Germany during 1933. It was at this point that the Nazi Party began its reign of political oppression and its rise to power. He eventually rose to become supreme dictator, but not before digging some history in the ground…
There needed to be a place for the new recruits
Way before the war even started, though, Germany was building up its power and slowly gaining back the influence that it had had before the years of World War I.
Germany finally had some stuff that they could start to celebrate, so they gathered to celebrate the opening of the groundbreaking new Ordensburg Krossinsee center. The center would serve as an educational complex for the outstanding young men of Germany to be inducted into their new and dominant regime.
In the center was a capsule deep in the ground…
At the opening of the Ordensburg Krossinsee center, there was a very special ceremony going on to cement an important part of German history in the grounds forever. A deep pit was buried in the middle of the center grounds, and on that one fateful day, a crowd gathered around to see what would be buried underneath.
Several prominent Nazi leaders carefully lowered themselves down into the pit – more than 20 feet below the surface of the center – to read aloud a scroll commemorating the occasion. They then tied the scroll up, hollered a thunderous “Heil Hitler!” then tied the scroll up and slid it into a black, copper cylinder. Several more items were added into the capsule before it was placed into the ground and covered up. The Ordensburg Center was then completed above this, and even Hitler showed up for its dedication! It would be years before it opened again…
Not everyone could join the center!
After the dedication of the Ordensburg Center, it finally opened up for business and, as you can expect, the training center was very exclusive, as were most centers and regiments of the Nazi party.
The qualifications to get into the center were very strict, and if you didn’t meet them, there was no other way to get accepted. Only young men between the ages of 23 and 26 were allowed into the Ordensburg Center, and that was just the beginning of their requirements. All applicants needed to be of pure, German bloodline – go figure, right? Everyone also needed to be in excellent physical condition and have no physical limitations of any kind. They also needed to be at least 63 inches tall and not wear glasses!
It was a very strict regimen
The regimen at the Ordensburg Center was very strict and included the study of many different subjects, including those such as politics, world history, and philosophy.
The afternoon classes at the Center were more physical than the morning classes, which were all about learning different fields of study. In the afternoon classes, the focus was more on military-based pursuits like battle tactics, military drills, equestrian, and organized sports. There were more than 20 living quarters at the center and an immense campus perfect for conducting drills and lots of sports fields and stables. It would only last so long, though.
The center now has a different use
Nowadays, the center has a completely different use than its original one of training young Nazis. What was once the German facility is now home to a center of Polish army barracks!
Now, nearly 80 years after the original opening of the center (where it was even dedicated by Hitler!), a team of excavators have started an operation at the foundation of the center to excavate beneath the building’s foundations. Their goal? Uncover the time capsule that was buried underground all of those years ago in 1934. It was a difficult process, but they eventually did it…
The original construction was a huge endeavor
The original construction of the Krossinsee Castle where the center is located and where all of the items were found was quite an endeavor for the German government!
The construction first began on April 22, 1934 according to the plans of famed German architect Clemens Klotz. The building was a huge project that placed a building on top of some amazing foundational granite. The whole project would cost over 20 million Reichsmarks to complete!
Eventually, the capsule needed to be released…
The work to excavate all of that buried history began in August of 2016, and it took some time before they made any real progress!
The crew working on the dig had to be super careful when they were digging around the super thick concrete so as to avoid all of the repositories of groundwater that had pooled all underneath the gigantic structure. Nature was making it difficult to complete the dig, but not impossible! They all dug around for a week before archaeologist Marcin Peterleitner unearthed that fated time capsule and found what was inside.
It was difficult and exacting work
The work was particularly difficult because nobody knew exactly what was underneath the concrete foundation or how exactly to navigate the earth of the area.
The excavation crew had to use a combination of photographs taken during the original ceremony where the capsule was buried in conjunction with some high-tech underground imaging equipment to determine what exactly was lying underground. The technology worked and they eventually uncovered a black copper capsule. It was still completely whole and untouched – exactly the way it was when it went in in the 1930’s! What was inside?
But eventually, they found the historical cylinder
Polish archaeologists had known about the presence of the time capsule cylinder for quite some time, but nobody ever knew what exactly was buried in the ground inside of the cylinder. With the dig, they were finally able to figure out what it was all about!
Once they unearthed the capsule, they discovered all of those things that had been in there since the 1930’s. What was inside? It was a combination of several very valuable coins, important documents of the time, and photographs that depicted life during that era of Germany.
It was missing some important footage
In addition to all of the coins, documentation, and photographs within, the copper cylinder was also supposed to contain a very rare piece of film that showed footage of the city’s 600th anniversary celebration.
This footage would have originally been shot nearly 100 years ago! Unfortunately, the footage was nowhere to be found within the cylinder. There were some other things that illuminated life back in the day though, along with some other items…
What was inside was rather interesting…
While the film footage that the archaeologists wanted was nowhere to be found inside of the cylinder, there were several other important artifacts, such as an envelope filled with several bronze and silver Reichsmark coins.
These Reichsmark coins are incredibly rare and haven’t been used since the days leading up to the inception of World War II. Their value is much higher now than it ever was back in the 1930’s! Besides all of these remarkable coins, there was also something else which made the entire dig worth it.
It was, quite literally, bottled history
Opening the cylinder was a complete surprise, and a collection of photographs found inside the capsule made the entire expedition worth it.
The collection of photographs featured a number of black and white shots of the city of Falkenburg back in its heyday before the war reigned devastation across the lands. There was even a map of the area designed especially for tourists included with all of the photographs!
Lots of photographs were inside
Even though the video footage that was supposed to be inside the capsule was never found, there were several photographs inside that captured the same event.
Inside the capsule was a program for the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the city that had lots of new information about it, along with some German newspapers from 1934. Plus there were all of the cool black and white photos! But that wasn’t everything…
The capsule included brand new copies of “Mein Kampf”
The biggest find of the time capsule was probably the two completely brand new copies of “Mein Kampf” that were hidden inside. Each book even came with a photograph of the book’s author, none other than Adolf Hitler himself!
Of course, the parchment that was read at the commencement of the ceremony was also included within the cylinder, wax-sealed and all. 80 years later, archaeologists were finally able to read everything that was said when all of these precious artifacts were buried! Luckily, everything was in near-perfect condition.
What was Mein Kampf?
What exactly was this book, Mein Kampf, you might ask? Mein Kampf is the iconic autobiography written by Adolf Hitler about his life, especially while he was being imprisoned for the “political crimes” he committed in Munich during November of 1923.
In his book, Hitler writes plenty about his political ideologies and all of the plans that he had for the future of Germany – power-hunger and all. The book was written in two volumes, both of which were included in the capsule. Originally published in 1925, those books in the capsule are nearly 100 years old at this point!
The capsule was transported to a new location
If you ever wanted to see all of the findings of this amazing time capsule, don’t fret, because you can! A week after excavating the time capsule, Zlocieniec officials took everything that was found to the National Museum in Szczecin, Poland.
Every single paper, photograph, book, and coin that was found inside the copper cylinder was carefully preserved and transported to the Museum. Before being put on display, all of the items were carbon dated to make sure that they were authentic and to determine exactly how old they were! So, do you want to see that part of German history?
You can see it all now!
If you want to see everything that was found inside of the time capsule, you’ve only got to make your way to the Zlocieniec Museum!
The artifacts found inside are a reminder of all of the horrors committed during that dark time in history, but are also a reminder of just how far we’ve come since then. It’s very compelling history!
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Source: Life Daily
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