Polish divers say they’ve discovered the wreck of a German second world warfare ship that will assist clear up a decades-old thriller in regards to the whereabouts of the Amber Room, an ornate chamber that the Nazis looted from a tsarist palace in Russia.
Adorned with amber and gold, the room was a part of the Catherine Palace close to St Petersburg. It was final seen in Königsberg, then a Baltic port metropolis in Germany however now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
The Karlsruhe steamer set sail from Königsberg in 1945 with a heavy cargo earlier than Soviet warplanes sank it off the coast of Poland.
Divers from the Baltictech group say they’ve discovered the wreck of the Karlsruhe.
“We’ve got been in search of the wreckage since final 12 months once we realised there might be probably the most fascinating, undiscovered story mendacity on the backside of the Baltic Sea,” Tomasz Stachura, one of many divers, mentioned in an announcement.
“It’s virtually intact. In its holds we found army autos, porcelain and plenty of crates with contents nonetheless unknown.”
The Karlsruhe had been collaborating in Operation Hannibal, one of many largest sea evacuations in historical past, which helped greater than 1,000,000 German troops and civilians from East Prussia escape the Soviet advance towards the top of the second world warfare.
Documentation from the time suggests the vessel left Königsberg in a rush with a big cargo and 1,083 individuals on board.
“All this, put collectively, stimulates the human creativeness. Discovering the German steamer and the crates with contents as but unknown resting on the underside of the Baltic Sea could also be vital for the entire story,” mentioned Tomasz Zwara, one other of the divers.
The Amber Room was constructed in Prussia after which given to Peter the Nice of Russia as a gift in 1716.
The Nazis dismantled it and took it to Königsberg, from the place it disappeared throughout allied bombing raids on the town. Many consider it was destroyed. Russian craftsmen have constructed a reproduction of the room within the Catherine Palace.