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 read here: 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 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 […]
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.
The London Conference on Nazi Gold was an international conference held in London in December 1997. Representatives of 41 nations participated in the Conference, including France, the United Kingdom, the United States, the three countries from the World War Two Allies that fought Nazi Germany and the Axis powers that oversaw the post-War disposition of Nazi gold. The Conference addressed the disposition the remaining reserves of recovered Nazi gold held by the Tripartite Commission for the Restitution of Monetary Gold, a.k.a. the Tripartite Gold Commission. Nazi Germany looted approximately US$580 million of gold from the central banks of 15 countries (equivalent to approximately $7.62 billion in today’s funds).