In 1934, part of a Van Eyck masterpiece was stolen from Ghent Cathedral. It has never been found. In The Secret of the Sacred Panel, Dutch author Karl Hammer reports the amazing story told to him by Tom R., an art historian who was enlisted to spy for the CIA and MI5 during WWII in order to trace the whereabouts of the vast horde of art stolen by the Nazis.
His search for the missing altarpiece, led to the greater quest for the Arma Christi, the nails and crown of thorns of Jesus crucifixion.
The reader is taken into quite unexpected territory, encompassing Himmler s obsession with the occult; Jewish mysticism and the reality of Jesus and his mission, the harsh truth about the Cathar heresy and the enduringly appealing Rennes-le- Chateau mystery from an entirely new angle. All of this is supported by Tom R. s meticulous and wide research into religion, mysticism, and history.
Hunt for the Nazi Gold
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"The Hunt for the Nazi Gold" by Karl Hammer is the investigation of the secret code hidden inside the musical score of the "March Impromptu" by composer Gottfried Federlein. While in April 1945 the Russians fought their way ferociously through Berlin, the Nazi's hastily transported a stash of gold and Hitler's personal diamonds to a secret location. The cargo was meant to finance the operations of the guerrilla movement Werwolf. During the final hours of the battle Hitler's secretary, Martin Bormann, handed a coded document to an army chaplain and ordered him to take it to party-treasurer Schwarz in Munich. The document apparently revealed the location of the gold and diamonds. However, Schwarz had already been arrested by the allied forces and Bormann did not survive the Russian assault.
Over sixty years later the document coincidentally landed in the hands of Dutch investigative journalist Karl Hammer. It had been laying around unnoticed among the legacy of the chaplain. Consulting with various experts, Karl Hammer is convinced that it is authentic. The only question that remained was how to decipher the code and find out if the stash could still be traced.
The Seat of Francis
SAINT FRANCIS was more famous in his lifetime than people such as Albert Einstein or Nelson Mandela in more recent times. In a mediaeval world filled with horrific wars, deadly diseases and clerical corruption, Francis was the ultimate symbol of peace and all good in mankind. No wonder that following his death in 1226 he was regarded as a saint. And at a time when the dead body of a saint was perceived as a powerful relic, a battle commenced to possess his corpse. Today, according to official records, the remains of Saint Francis are safely in the basilica of Assisi, where they are visited by millions every year. Dutch journalist Karl Hammer however has discovered that although there are bones in the tomb, they are not those of Saint Francis. His body was in fact stolen and replaced with that of a nameless leper, possibly a woman.
After three years of intense investigation, aided by professionals from across the world, Karl Hammer has now fully reconstructed the events surrounding the relic's robbery. His conclusion is seriously confrontational for the present Pope who has named himself after the mediaeval saint: FRANCIS.