From Canada’s Saloon Media
Epic Eight-Part Investigative Series
Hunting Nazi Treasure
Premieres October 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HISTORY
Led by an international team of experts, the series chronicles one of the greatest
thefts in history and the epic quest to locate some of the billions of dollars worth of art,
gold, and other treasure stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War
The new investigative series Hunting Nazi Treasure takes viewers on an epic search across four continents to locate valuable objects and artwork missing since the Second World War and return them to their rightful owners.
Premiering on Tuesday, October 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HISTORY®, the series chronicles the systematic looting by the Nazis, and provides new insights into the motivations of top Nazi leaders like Hitler and Goering, and explores how artwork and cultural artifacts are targets during times of war.
With hundreds of thousands of stolen treasures still missing to this day, including a painting by Italian master Raphael estimated to be worth upwards of $100 million, a $2 billion hoard of stolen Italian gold, and the legendary Amber Room from the Catherine Palace in Russia, the search into these historically significant “cold cases” is comprised by a team of present-day investigators. The team is led by Robert Edsel, author of the New York Times #1 bestselling book-turned-movie The Monuments Men, and Founder and Chairman of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, investigative journalist Conor Woodman, Second World War historian James Holland, along with top experts on the Nazi era. The hunt takes the team across 14 countries; searching for items hidden in caves, castles, museums, and even under water while gaining access to Nazi dossiers, archives, and declassified intelligence reports.
Investigative journalist Conor Woodman is an eager adventurer who stops at nothing to locate the stolen items. In the series, Woodman scuba dives off the coast of Corsica in the search for Rommel’s Gold (a treasure that fascinated James Bond creator Ian Fleming and a story that leads to an escaped Nazi in South America) and crawls into the ruins of an underground bunker where Nazi #2 Hermann Goering once kept pet lion cubs and a huge stolen art collection.
Historian James Holland provides analysis and perspective to the team. He interviews the British soldier who found Hitler’s last will and testament, and travels to Auschwitz to uncover the chilling story of the “Canada Commando” – the unit responsible for stealing gold from camp victims, and spotlights a Nazi looting operation in Paris, so cold and so calculated, it even included stealing children’s toys.
Meanwhile, team leader Robert Edsel identifies the targets and connects the investigative dots, using his connections and expertise to gain access into the backrooms and vaults of world famous museums, including access to original documents and photo albums made for Hitler himself, and meets with top law enforcement officials in Italy as well as secret contacts in Russia. As the series unfolds, the viewer is introduced to Hitler’s grand plan to become “the curator of the German people” atop one of the world’s most spectacular art collections, and the desperate last-act by the Nazis to hide an unimaginable trove of gold, most likely in the Bavarian Alps.
The series premiere, “Hitler’s Obsession” shows how the Nazi dictator’s dream of building one of the world’s great art collections became Europe’s nightmare. In this episode, the team uncovers a 16th century tapestry that once hung in the dining room of Hitler’s mountain retreat, and ended up years later in a Minnesota home. Its return to Germany attracted worldwide media coverage. Full episodes will be available after airing on HISTORY.ca.
“I have studied the Second World War for over two decades, but nothing prepared me for this series,” says Saloon Media’s producer Steve Gamester. “When you follow money and treasure, it leads to unexpected and fascinating insights into how the Nazi state worked.”
As an interactive bonus, viewers will have the opportunity to help in the hunt by contacting the Nazi Treasure tipline at 1-866-994-4278 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“It is my hope that our program will become America’s Most Wanted for culture and lead to the return of priceless objects to their rightful owners,” says Robert Edsel. “This program will present a unique opportunity to put the foundation’s extensive records and archives to use.
“George Clooney’s film introduced The Monuments Men to a worldwide audience,” Edsel continues, “and now we have an opportunity to enlist the help of the public to join the hunt for some of the hundreds of thousands of objects still missing.”
Hunting Nazi Treasure is produced by Saloon Media and BriteSpark Films (UK) in association with Corus Entertainment’s HISTORY and More4 (Channel 4).
About Saloon Media
Saloon Media is a leading factual-entertainment company specializing in smart, popular, returnable series. Its recent credits include the CSA-nominated series Mummies Alive for HISTORY in Canada, Smithsonian in the US and Yesterday in the UK; Ultimate Auctions, a rare all-access look into America’s biggest auction house; the 10-part broadcast and web series Tornado Hunters for CMT; the returning record-breaking series See No Evil, now in its third season, co-produced with the UK’s Arrow Media for Discovery ID US; and Miracles Decoded for HISTORY in Canada, UK, Poland and India. www.saloonmedia.com
HISTORY is a Corus Entertainment Inc. Network.
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