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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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