At the time of his suicide in 1945, Adolf Hitler was planning a super museum consisting of thousands of stolen works of art. And how do we know this? In part because a souvenir-hunting GI took a photo album that has proven to be the plans for the “Fuhrermuseum” Hitler had been imagining for his hometown of Linz, Austria:
US GI John Pistone never knew the significance of the heavy, green leather-bound volume titled “Picture Gallery Linz XIII”, but took it as a memento from Hitler’s mountain home in Berchtesgaden in 1945.The Telegraph has the full story here.
But a washing machine contractor, an amateur history buff, spotted the book on a shelf at Mr Pistone’s home near Cleveland, Ohio, and made his own checks on the internet.