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Nazi Commandos Recover the Ark of the Covenant? The Strange Tale of Otto Skorzeny and the Castle
In 1991, a somewhat strange book appeared making some
extraordinary claims about a treasure supposedly recovered
by the Nazis from the south of France in 1944.
Written by Howard Buechner, a medical doctor and veteran of world
war II, Emerald Cup - Ark of Gold states that a
famous German commando, Otto Skorzeny, was sent to France to
recover the treasure of the Cathars, supposedly smuggled out
of the mountain fortress of Monts�gur a few days before its
eventual fall to an army of crusaders in 1244.
Above: SS Colonel Otto Skorzeny, once
called 'the most dangerous man in Europe' lived out the rest
of his life in Spain after being cleared of war crimes. He
died in a car crash, or from cancer (depending on source) in 1975, a multi millionaire.
Although Otto Skorzeny wrote several books detailing his
war time exploits, he never mentions the alleged recovery of
the Cathar treasure. However, his books do mention how he
and his men fought in US military uniforms during the battle
of the bulge to sow fear and confusion through the allied
lines - a war crime that he could have been executed for. He
was only cleared of these charges when Forest Frederick
Edward Yeo-Thomas, a member of the Special Operations
Executive, testified that allied troops had also fought in
It would seem that although Skorzeny was perfectly happy
to write about his war crimes, he took the secret of the
Cathar treasure to his grave.
Skorzeny died in 1975, either of cancer or from injuries
sustained in a car accident (depending on source) having
never mentioned the the Cathar treasure to anyone.
Why? Because in all probability he didn't know anything
about the Cathar treasure, let alone been in charge of its recovery.
Scar faced Skorzeny has become one of recent history's universal
bad guys, need someone to blame for anything odd, untoward
or underhanded going on anywhere in the world from 1939 to
1975? Otto Skorzeny is your man. I have even heard that
Scotland Yard seriously investigated claims that he was the
mastermind behind the 1963 'Great Train Robbery.'
To call Buechner's story 'questionable' is probably being
Did Nazi Commandos Recover the Ark of the Covenant and/or
the 'Germanic Grail' from Monts�gur in 1944? Probably not,
but it is an entertaining story, and to a great many people that seems to
be all that matters.
Emerald Cup - Ark of Gold by Howard Buechner, Thunderbird
Press, paperback, 1991. ISBN 0913159077