Hitlers Holy Relics - Sidney Kirkpatrick ((Classic))



Host: Ian Punnett
Guests: Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

Author Sidney Kirkpatrick discussed his latest work, Hitler's Holy Relics, which details the efforts to recover the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire from the Nazis and stop their plot to create a Fourth Reich at the end of World War II.

One of the stolen artifacts, the Spear of Destiny, was supposedly used by a vision-impaired Roman centurion named Longinus to pierce Jesus' side as he hung on the cross. According to extra-Biblical tradition, Christ's blood ran down the Spear into Longinus' eyes, curing him of cataracts and converting him to Christianity in the process, Kirkpatrick explained. A mythology grew around the Spear, which was thought to confer great authority on its owner, and it was venerated and passed down by the Holy Roman Emperors. Hitler believed the Spear would imbue him with similar power and, in March of 1938, he took possession of it and the other Crown Jewels from a museum in Austria, Kirkpatrick continued.

The priceless treasures where placed in a specially-prepared vault beneath Nuremberg castle in the German city of the same name, to protect them from Allied bombing runs. When it became clear that Nuremberg was lost, Heinrich Himmler ordered a mysterious new order of Teutonic Knights to move the Crown Jewels to someplace where they could one day be used to crown a new F├╝hrer and usher in a successor of the Third Reich, Kirkpatrick added. German-born art historian and U.S. Army officer Walter Horn foiled the Nazi's plan, however, tracking down the plundered Crown Jewels, including the Spear of Destiny, and returning them to Austria, Kirkpatrick said.


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