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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February 21, 2018
2018 03 24 The Times Douglas Botting Obituary featured

Douglas Botting Tribute

It is with great regret that I have to announce the passing, on February 6th 2018, of my friend and co-author Douglas Botting. As many of you will know we have jointly co-authored four non-fiction works. Three of these made the UK bestseller lists and one, ‘Nazi Gold’ has been an international bestseller over the past three decades. The Daily Telegraph ran an obituary for Douglas on the 10th February which you can access in the ‘Read more’ link below: On Sunday the 18th February BBC Radio 4 ‘ Last Word’ programme paid a fitting tribute to Douglas by including him with luminaries like Morgan Tsvangirai and Vic Damone who have also recently passed away. You can listen to the podcast in the Broadcast section. RIP Douglas. On Saturday 24th February The Times featured Douglas as their lead obituary. You can also access this in the ‘Read more’ link below.
January 9, 2018

First German language edition of Nazi Gold

On the 14th May 2018 the first German language edition of Nazi Gold is scheduled to be available. (If there is any change to the date I will do my best to record the new date on this Blog page). Although there have been several foreign translations of Nazi Gold I have had to wait 34 years from the publication of the first English language edition for a German language version! The book is being translated right now and hopefully will be available on schedule. The German publishers are FinanzBuch Verlag of Munich and the price will be 26.99 euros. This is a hardback edition and subsequently the publishers hope to produce both a paperback  and electronic (Kindle) edition. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon.de now just by clicking ‘Buy now on amazon’ in the Germany -Hardback Edition which can be found in the ‘Buy Now’ section of the Nazi […]
October 20, 2016

The Polish Gold Train Story

When I first saw this story hit the media I allowed myself a wry smile. It had a familiar ring to it. The search for looted Nazi treasure has been going on for 70 years and a ‘find’ is always newsworthy. The latest discovery of the ‘Polish Gold Train’ apparently entombed in a tunnel complex three miles outside the town of Walbrzych has attracted the interest of the world’s media in just a few days.

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