I am sure many have heard stories over the years as the Allies began to squeeze in toward the Third Reich, that certain individuals in the German high command decided to move their vast hoards of loot, especially gold, elsewhere in Germany or in some cases completely out of the country. Into countries like Austria, Switzerland or even to Argentina using a U-boat have been mentioned, which brings me to an interesting story concerning my late father. Back in the 80's I was visiting my Dad one day and spotted his WWII scrap book on the table. As I was thumbing thru it, I came to a page he marked "Switzerland Dec. 1945". Attached inside was an itinerary labeled Swiss-Tour C III. So I asked him about it, for I knew he was still stationed in Italy after the war. He said he didn't have enough points to rotate back to the states yet, so him and some buddies decided to take some leave and go visit Switzerland by train for a week. His scrapbook is full of photos of Bern, the Gotthard Tunnel, Lake Geneva, Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Which I have attached photos of both his itinerary and him standing along the shoreline of Lake Lucerne in his Army uniform in late 1945. Well a couple weeks later I had stopped by again for a quick visit and we began watching that show Ripley's Believe It Or Not, which was hosted by Jack Palance at the time. After some oddball stuff, the next episode was concerning a high ranking Nazi general and Switzerland, our ears began to perk up. As the story goes, sometime in late 1944, this German general commandeered some vehicles, some men and took off for the Swiss border with some long wooden crates in the back. Their final destination was Lake Lucerne in Switzerland and according to the show, this party buried those wooden crates reportedly full of gold bars, along the shoreline. The show also said they marked the location well, so I am guessing to come back after the war to retrieve it all but nobody ever has, as far as I can tell. Yes I have heard of divers looking into Lake Toplitz, Austria for years for buried Nazi gold but not Lake Lucerne before...or was it just a wild rumor???, or was my father actually standing on top of that buried gold back in December 1945 and never realized it...something to think about.