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Treasure trove of WWII silver found in ruins of 14th century castle

Stuart Dowell June 15, 2020

The find which includes precious goblets, vases, tableware and cutlery is thought to have belonged to Jewish families before the war and may have been taken from them by occupying German forces.
Stowarzyszenie Historyczno Eksploracyjne Sądecczyzny

A treasure chest bursting with precious silver goblets, cutlery and tableware has been unearthed in the ruins of a 14th century castle in Nowy Sącz.
The sensational find which is thought to have belonged to Jews murdered during WWII was made during archaeological work at the town’s Royal Castle by the Nowy Sącz Historical and Exploratory Association carrying out exploratory work at the ruins on Castle Hill.


The precious silverware was unearthed in the ruins of a 14th century castle in Nowy Sącz.
Stowarzyszenie Historyczno Eksploracyjne Sądecczyzny

Lead detectorist Stanisław Pustułka who made the discovery after unearthing old fragments of paper said: “We started to extract the paper delicately, which appeared first. It was in very poor condition. After a while, we saw silver, a lot of silver.”
The six members of the team removed the chest, which had disintegrated and rusted over time. What remained were 103 silver objects made in Poland and Austria.

The castle was built by King Kazimierz the Great in 1350-1360 on a slope in the fork of two rivers.
Stowarzyszenie Historyczno Eksploracyjne Sądecczyzny

Local archaeologist Bartłomiej Urbański, who was present at the search site, said: “It is Judaica, probably from the turn of the 19th and 20th century, connected to Jewish ritual and was probably buried during World War Two.
He added: “Is it connected with the buildings that used to be in this part of the city, or was it stolen by the Germans, who were then unable to take it away?”


Lead detectorist Stanisław Pustułka who made the discovery after unearthing old fragments of paper said: “We started to extract the paper delicately, which appeared first. It was in very poor condition. After a while, we saw silver, a lot of silver.”
Stowarzyszenie Historyczno Eksploracyjne Sądecczyzny

In June 1941, Hitler’s occupying Germans turned the castle into barracks as well as an ammunition depot, and established a ghetto in the town where they gathered over 20,000 Nowy Sącz Jews.
It was liquidated in August 1942 and the entire Jewish population was sent to the Bełżec death camp.
In 1945, Polish underground soldiers blew up the ammunition depot, thereby almost completely destroying the castle.


In June 1941, Hitler’s occupying forces established a ghetto in the town where they gathered over 20,000 Nowy Sącz Jews. It was liquidated in August 1942 and the entire Jewish population was sent to the Bełżec death camp.
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The discovery of the silver was made just 20 metres from where 50 15th-century dinar coins were found earlier this year. The coins were discovered by the same team buried ten centimetres underground by the castle wall.
The exploration of Castle Hill is linked to the town wanting to rebuild Nowy Sącz Castle, which was built by King Kazimierz the Great in 1350-1360 on a slope in the fork of two rivers.


Archaeologists said they now want to establish are now trying to establish whether the treasure “is connected with the buildings that used to be in this part of the city, or was it stolen by the Germans, who were then unable to take it away?”
Stowarzyszenie Historyczno Eksploracyjne Sądecczyzny

The outer walls and the reconstructed keep are all that remain today.
The silver treasure trove will now be handed over to archaeologists, who will identify and list all the excavated items, clean them up and then they will go to the Regional Museum in town.
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Nur so eine Überlegung angesichts des Fundes:

Da findet man endlich in einer Burg einen Schatz.
Einen Silberschatz.
Eigentlich der Traum jedes Schatzsuchers.
1 kg Silber kostet ungefähr 500 - 800 Euro.
Wie man aus den Bildern sieht beträgt der Materialwert bei ca. 3kg max. 2.500 Euro.
Die Objekte zu restaurieren - wird nicht so einfach sein - und der Verkaufserlös und Käufer unbekannt.

Auch die vielgenannten "Silberbestecke" sind bei erstklassigem Erhaltungszustand auch nur im Preisrahmen von 2-6.000 Euro zu verkaufen.

d.h. Konsequenz für Schatzsucher in heimischen Gefilden: ein möglicher Gewinn ist bei "Normalfunden" nicht extrem hoch.
Da verdient man mehr, wenn man einige Monate bei einer Firma arbeitet.
 
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