When an elderly German man named Rudi Schlattner returned to his family home for the first time since he was 13, he wasn’t sure if he would find any remnants of his former life. Forced to flee with his family from Czechoslovakia after World War II, Schlattner returned to the home to see if anything remained. He held out hope for decades, knowing that when all ethnic Germans were evicted from the country as part of the “final solution of the German question”, his father hid their possession’s in the family’s roof.
Now in his 80s, Schlattner feared that the treasure would be gone, as the home had undergone remodeling and is currently being used as a facility for a kindergarten school.
To arrange the trip to the attic, Schlattner contacted municipal officials in the village of Libouch in northwestern Czech Republic where the house is located. Joined by employees of a nearby museum, the mayor of Libouch, and an archaeologist, Schlattner made it to the attic and knocked on the wooden panels in the loft. A string appeared. Schlattner pulled the string, revealing a set of shelves that contained the long lost items of his childhood.
After 70 years, it was hard for the octogenarian to find the exact hiding place. After some strategic tapping, he uncovered 70 packages located under the roof. Apparently the long-lost treasures were hidden very well in the vault of a skylight–it took more than an hour to recover everything carefully from the small space.
Some of the recovered items included skis, hats, clothes-hangers, newspapers and paintings by Josef Stegl, who also lived in the house during World War II. Although most of the items don’t have particular monetary value, they have invaluable historic merit.
Mr Schlattner’s lost treasures will be showcased in a museum in the town of Usti nad Labem. The Czech government’s laws state that all German property left behind during the war is now property of the state.
H/T Daily Mail