How did more than $2.5 billion vanish?

This is a real-life story about the theft of a fabulous treasure the German national gold and foreign currency reserves worth some $2,500,000,000 at the time of the original investigation which disappeared in transit following the Nazi collapse in 1945.


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Nazi Gold

This is a real-life story about the theft of a fabulous treasure - the German national gold and foreign currency reserves worth some $2,500,000,000 at the time of the original investigation - which disappeared in transit following the Nazi collapse in 1945. Taking nine years to investigate it is also the story of a mystery and a cover-up which threatened to involve the US Army in Germany, the Pentagon and the Department of the Army in a scandal which predated Watergate by nearly 30 years.
Beginning in Berlin in the dying moments of Hitler's Third Reich, the trail shifts to the Nazis' Alpine Fortress in Bavaria, then spreads as far afield as Switzerland, South America and the USSR. At the heart of the robbery lies an unholy combination of former enemies - opportunist US army personnel and unscrupulous ex-Nazis - none of whom have ever been brought to trial.

The authors' quest led them to the murky, dangerous post-war world of racketeering, corruption and gang warfare. Their reporting, matching eyewitness testimony with recently declassified Top Secret documents from the US archives, sets out to lay bare this crime and American cover-up. The latest edition includes new evidence that throws further light on the crime, including the authors' discovery of the whereabouts of a portion of the missing gold.

As a test case Sayer and Botting persuaded the US State Department to initiate a 14-year-long investigation that culminated in the missing gold resurfacing in the Bank of England under mysterious circumstances in late 1996 .

"A riveting thriller-style account of what happened to the nazi gold hoard”

The Guardian - London

Ian Sayer

Ian Sayer in the vaults of the Bank of England in 1997 with a copy of ‘Nazi Gold’ and a bar of the missing Nazi treasure

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January 10, 2019

New book announcement

It is now, with great pleasure, that I can announce the forthcoming publication of a new book. In 1974 I began my research into what was to become the international bestseller ‘Nazi Gold’. Ten years ago I became intrigued with another World War II story . Sadly, my co-author of 25 years, the late Douglas Botting, was unable to work with me on this new venture and so I began working with another co-author, Jeremy Dronfield, who also has a number of bestselling non-fiction war stories to his credit. Our new book will be published on the 19th April 2019 by Da Capo Press. The title is: Hitler’s Last Plot: The 139 VIP Hostages Selected for Death in the Final Days of World War II
January 10, 2019

German edition – revised publication date

Unfortunately the German language edition has been delayed again but the publishers are now giving a revised publication date of 17th July 2019. A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to you all.
June 18, 2018
Poland - Złoto nazistów – Polish edition of Nazi Gold - Paperback

Third Polish edition just published

On the positive side I am now able to announce the publication of a third Polish edition entitled Złoto nazistów. If you would like to buy a copy please click on the ‘Buy Now’ section and then ‘Polish Edition -Paperback’ where you will find a list of Polish suppliers of the book.

REVIEWS

The Sayer-Botting archive is a fitting monument to their dedication and research. A tale worth retelling.

New York Times - Book Review

Reads like the sleazy world described in Graham Greene’s Third Man with several noughts added to the transactions

Daily Express


A riveting thriller-style account of what happened to the nazi gold hoard

The Guardian

Without doubt the best real-life whodunnit since All the President’s Men

The Journal - Newcastle upon Tyne