Mystery has surrounded the whereabouts of the Amber Room for the last 70 years. Now, three treasure hunters say a series of clues has revealed the room to be hidden in a network of tunnels under a cave in the Ore Mountains, eastern Germany. Leonhard Blume, 73, Peter Lohr, 71 and Günter Eckhardt, 67, examined witness reports complied by the Stasi and KGB.
Evidence of an explosion fits with witness accounts that a shipment of crates had been hidden in the tunnels and the entrance blown up to hide them, he said. Now, the three men are seeking funding to excavate the site. “We want to go on but it’s all very complicated and we need a sponsor,” Mr Blume said.
The East German and Russian secret police each spent a decade hunting for the Amber Room. Historians are divided on its fate. Some believe it was destroyed in an air raid on Königsberg in 1944, while others think it was destroyed by Soviet soldiers at the end of the war.