Hitler’s secret Cognac found in German cellarBy Amy Hopkins
A secret stash of Cognac believed to have belonged to Adolph Hitler has been discovered beneath a restaurant in Germany.
The stocks were uncovered, along with bottles of Champagne, cigarettes, cheese, chocolate and salami, in a complex of cellars underneath the gardens of a restaurant based in the grounds of the grand Moritzburg Palace, in Dresden, Germany.
As reported by The Telegraph, construction workers and restaurateur Silvio Stelzer found the hoard during a renovation of the site. It is thought the dictator had sought to protect the valuable bottles from Allied air raids in Berlin.
“At the end of 1944 Adolf Hitler had his household food and drink stores moved to my cellar by his steward Kannegiesser, as they were not safe because of air raids on Berlin,” Stelzer told Bild newspaper.
“Nothing remained of the food and consumables. After May 8, 1945, Russian troops looted everything,” he said.
It is not yet known what authorities will do with the goods.
In May last year, one of the world’s oldest bottles of Cognac sold at auction for US$60,000.