The True Fate of the Amber Room
In , German troops invaded the Soviet Union, looting everything in their wake and seizing the Amber Room. When the Allies began the bombing of Germany in August , the Room was hidden. And despite the best efforts of treasure hunters and art collectors from around the world, it has never been seen again.
Now, two powerful men have set their best operatives loose in pursuit, and the hunt has begun once more.
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Art 13 Stunning Artworks Stolen by the Nazis. The piece of evidence is today's reconstructed Amber Room, which you can go visit, faithful in every detail to the best ability of the artisans who constructed it. It was commissioned by the Soviet government in — a few years before Kuchumov's Choral Society was finally disbanded — and took a team of forty German and Russian amber experts 24 years to complete, at a cost of many millions of dollars.
Every effort was made to create as perfect a reproduction as possible, even to the point of defining different shades of amber. This recreation serves a number of purposes. First and most obviously it shows that the Soviets were well aware they weren't going to recover the original; second, it draws a clear line in the sand against German claims demanding reparations for stolen artworks; and third, it pulls in tourist income and is a shining example of pro-Russian propaganda.
But let us not forget another purpose it serves.
It tantalizes the treasure hunters, who, despite the easily accessible facts, insist that a fabulous golden room waits for them to find it in some darkened cave. Please contact us with any corrections or feedback.
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Scott-Clark and Levy wrote: It became clear that the Soviet Union, while wanting to be seen to search for the Amber Room, was also determined that nothing should be found.