This is an awe inspiring book, not simply for the time and effort that went into researching it. Twenty-two pages of close-typed sources, plus an additional seven page bibliography give a small indication of the through contribution to the cause of truth contained herein. The writers have sifted fact from fiction to provide the answers to some interesting questions..
What happened to the missing Nazi gold, millions of dollars worth of gold and currency, moved from Berlin to Bavaria in the closing days of the war? Who were the men involved, German, American, British, and others? Why the secrecy over official involvement by the post-war military government in Southern Germany? Was it corruption, incompetence, or both?
It would be wrong to deny the huge contribution of Americans in the defeat of the Nazi menace, however, the evidence shows that a minority were actively enriching themselves with the `spoils of war’ with a spirit in contrast with German officers like Pfeiffer, entrusted with the gold. This is a complex tale convincingly told, truth is stranger than fiction.
The compelling chronological account of events, with pen-portraits of the main characters, honourable and not so honourable, sets this book above others.
It is clear that for some, time and the death of any witnesses, aided by the judicious shredding of any investigative documentation, is still welcome. I concur with Stuart Eizenstat, who in advocating openness stated, `No one can rectify the mistakes of the past, but we can make a greater effort’.