A Nazi time capsule was discovered in Poland, in September 2016, some 82 years after it was buried there back in 1934. It was placed deep inside the foundations of the Ordensburg Krossinsee Nazi training centre and covered with concrete.
The time capsule was found in the town of Zlocieniec in Poland, a town that has been renamed from Falkenburg, after it fell out of Nazi control in 1945. The training facility survived the war and is currently serving as a barracks for the Polish army.
The building was constructed back in 1934 and the time capsule was placed there when it was constructed. It also remained undisturbed for more than eight decades, some 20 feet below ground. To get it out, the excavation team had to wade through water and go through thick concrete, all the while dodging old mines placed there by the Nazis themselves.
And after a week of hard work and cutting it open with a chainsaw, they were able to open it. Inside there were two volumes of Hitler’s infamous book, Mein Kampf, a Nazi badge, envelopes filled with coins, letters and photographs. There were also several newspapers from 1934, as well as a book documenting 600 years of the town’s history.
Now, even though the contents of the time capsule hold little monetary value, it does hold a powerful reminder of our own history. It’s purpose there was to obviously commemorate the founding of the training centre when it was built. If history would have turned out differently, its contents may have had a much bigger impact that it actually did.
The date when the time capsule was placed there is probably Aprill 22nd, 1934, during the time of the construction. Dr Marcin Peterleitner, who led the excavation team, said that the artefacts inside were preserved in perfect condition and looked as if they were placed there only yesterday. Today, they are located at the National Museum in Szczecin.