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Although it took a world war and one hundred million deaths to eradicate Nazism, many mysteries were left behind by this strange and terrible movement. Some involved mysterious things the Nazis did, others involved twisted beliefs or obsessive greed for artwork and items of great spiritual or historical significance. Hitler's obsession with Germany's destiny, racial purity, and ritual attracted followers with similarly bizarre attitudes and core beliefs. It is not surprising that 70 years later we are still unraveling Nazi mysteries and weird Nazi stories, some that have never been solved or fully explained, and some that, while we have an answer, remain mysterious. This list details the mysterious legacy of this dark and dreadful era.

Where Did the Amber Room Go?

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The Amber Room was an elaborately designed hall in the Soviet Union's Catherine Palace located near St. Petersburg. A gift to Peter the Great from Germany, this unique ornamentation featured amber panels, gold leaf, and mirrors. The rapid advance of the Nazi invasion of 1941 prevented the Russians from removing the panels to safety. They were quickly looted by the Germans and transported to Konigsberg, East Prussia. Initially the Amber Room was placed on public display at the Konigsberg Castle, but was hidden in anticipation of the 1945 Soviet advance.

While this art masterpiece was never located after the war, most experts believed it was obliterated during intense shelling that destroyed the Konigsberg Castle. Persistent rumors about the current location of the Amber Room have never panned out.

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What Happened to Heinrich Müller?

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Heinrich Müller was a senior Nazi Gestapo official who was involved in coordinating political persecution and the Holocaust. He served as an intermediary between Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Eichmann and was an attendee at the infamous Wannsee Conference, the formal adoption of the Final Solution. He personally supervised the arrests and interrogations of the suspects involved in the July 20th plot to kill Hitler.

Last seen in the Bunker on May 1, 1945, Muller was never located. Over time various rumors have circulated concerning collaboration with the Soviets, secret burials in various locations and even a successful escape. He remains the most senior Nazi official to remain officially "missing."

Hitler, the Occult, and the Spear of Destiny

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The Spear of Destiny is a holy relic purported to have been used by the Roman centurion Longinus to stab Christ during the Crucifixion. A valued treasure of the Hapsburg dynasty, it was rumored to have been possessed by such figures as Constantine, Charles Martel, Charlemagne, and Frederick Barbarossa. The spear was believed to imbue its owner with the power to rule the world.

While an art student in 1912, Adolf Hitler first gazed upon the gilded lance at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. It must have made quite an impression because Hitler seized the spear on the day he annexed Austria - March 12, 1938. It was moved to Nuremberg, its traditional German location for many centuries.

Although urban legend contends that Hitler committed suicide 90 minutes after the spear was captured by American troops, in fact it was not officially recovered and returned until 1946. This has not stopped speculation that the returned lance is actually a fake with at least one college professor (Dr. Howard Buechner) suggesting that Hitler was so obsessed with the occult powers of the spear, he sent the actual relic to a secret Nazi location in Antartica.

Who Took Hitler's Suicide Pistol?

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In the early morning of April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler placed a Walther 7.65 caliber pistol against his temple and pulled the trigger while simultaneously biting down on a cyanide capsule. Eva Braun was already dead on the couch next to him. Several members of his personal detail quickly entered the room, intent on retrieving the bodies and burning them as quickly as possible.  

Hitler's valet, Heinz Linge, picked up Hitler's pistol from the floor and placed it on the table where the most senior Nazi official still present - Artur Axmann, head of the Hitler Youth - claims that he retrieved it and commented that he would "hide it for better times." Axmann successfully broke out of Berlin, but not before burying the weapon in a Berlin park. When he returned, years later, he couldn't find it. It has never been located.