Nazi volcano tunnels could hide top secret Gestapo documents, researchers say

Nazi volcano tunnels may be hiding top secret Gestapo documents, say Polish history researchers

  • Research group says they discovered plan document in local archive
  • Several attempts have been made to explore the Luban tunnels. southern poland
  • However, many tunnels remained inaccessible to researchers
  • This has now raised hopes that they were being used to store valuables

Nazi tunnels inside an ancient volcano could hide top secret Gestapo documents, according to a group of history researchers in Poland.

The Association of Lovers of Upper Lusatia said it had discovered in local archives a document which is a plan for the tunnels in the town of Luban, in southern Poland.

But although several attempts have been made to explore the tunnels with expeditions revealing several wells descending into the inactive volcano, many have remained inaccessible.

This has now raised hopes that they were used to store valuables.

Nazi tunnels inside an ancient volcano could hide top secret Gestapo documents, according to a group of history researchers in Poland. Pictured: People walk through the tunnels

Sebastian Terenda, of the group, told The First News: “On the sketch it is marked as an air raid shelter, but the tunnels are 3 by 3 meters and the air raid shelters are normally 1.6 by 1, 8 meter.

“Its height and width make it excellent for storage.

The possible existence of the documents known as the Cracow Gestapo Archives comes from the testimony of a Gestapo officer called Kurt Heinemeyer.

Although several attempts have been made to explore the tunnels with expeditions revealing several wells descending into the inactive volcano, many have remained inaccessible.

Although several attempts have been made to explore the tunnels with expeditions revealing several wells descending into the inactive volcano, many have remained inaccessible.

The Association of Lovers of Upper Lusatia says it discovered a document in a local archive that is a plan for the tunnels in the town of Luban, in southern Poland (pictured)

The Association of Lovers of Upper Lusatia says it discovered a document in a local archive that is a plan for the tunnels in the town of Luban, in southern Poland (pictured)

Pictured: Hans Frank, governor of occupied Poland, who ordered the destruction or cover-up of the archives

Pictured: Gestapo HQ in Krakow during WWII

Left: Hans Frank, governor of occupied Poland, who ordered the destruction or concealment of the archives. Right: Gestapo HQ in Krakow during WWII

Based in the city of Krakow from January 1940 to January 18, 1945, after his arrest by the Allies, he told interrogators that the Gestapo documents were taken on the orders of Hans Frank, the governor of occupied Poland, in a nearby town called Czerwona Woda, and partially destroyed.

But the exploration group says it’s possible some of the documents ended up in Lubań, just over 11 miles away and were hidden inside the volcano.

He said: “Why would they travel all the way from Krakow to Czerwona Woda to burn the archives?

Pictured: The Historical Exploration Group, which says it is possible that some of the documents ended up in Lubań, just over 11 miles away and were hidden inside the volcano

Pictured: The Historical Exploration Group, which says it is possible that some of the documents ended up in Lubań, just over 11 miles away and were hidden inside the volcano

Hopefully the tunnels (pictured) were used to store valuables

Hopefully the tunnels (pictured) were used to store valuables

Although the Nazis built many tunnel complexes in the region's mountains, the Kamienna Góra complex is the only known case of Nazi construction inside a volcano.

Although the Nazis built many tunnel complexes in the region’s mountains, the Kamienna Góra complex is the only known case of Nazi construction inside a volcano.

“They left the metal rings of the files to be found. Maybe it was a diversion to make people believe that all the archives had been burned.

Although the Nazis built many tunnel complexes in the region’s mountains, the Kamienna Góra complex is the only known case of Nazi construction inside a volcano.

With a section of the tunnels cut off from the rest and built for reinforced materials, the group believe the Germans may have been hiding some valuables inside.

With a section of the tunnels cut off from the rest and built for reinforced materials, the group believe the Germans may have been hiding some valuables inside.

With a section of the tunnels cut off from the rest and built for reinforced materials, the group believe the Germans may have been hiding some valuables inside.

The group are now looking to start drilling in the 30-meter-deep cave and say it will hopefully start in July after raising enough money for the equipment.

The group are now looking to start drilling in the 30-meter-deep cave and say it will hopefully start in July after raising enough money for the equipment.

Terenda said: “You can only access it through one of the four entrances, so it looks like they planned it as a storage area.

“Basalt is one of the hardest stones. Why did they go to so much trouble digging tunnels in such a hard material?

The group are now looking to start drilling in the 30-meter-deep cave and say it should start in July after collecting enough money for the equipment.

Of the 40,000 they need, they have so far raised half from mining giant KGHM.

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