Time capsule from 1934 discovered in Pomerania

After seven days of intensive digging, explorers unearthed a time capsule from 1934. The find was once buried as a cornerstone of Ordensburg Krössinsee – an educational centre for cadres of the Nazi Party in Złocieniec (then known as Falkenburg), north-western Poland.

The time capsule upon discovery (by Zlocieniec.pl)
The time capsule upon discovery (by Zlocieniec.pl)

The time capsule was discovered within the foundations of a water tower that did not survive to this day. The object was buried on April 22nd 1934 at a ceremony at which the mayor of Złocieniec, Hermann von Luebken, and reichsschulungsleiter Otto Gohdes were present. To reach the capsule two mechanical diggers were used, which worked for a week to reach the depth of the foundations.

Excavation site (by Zlocieniec.pl)
Excavation site (by Zlocieniec.pl)

The explorers had dig through 3.5 metres of foundations, break through a limestone slab, a metal pipe underneath, over half a metre thick reinforced concrete, and a granite slab sealing the capsule (which was plastered down to the ground with concrete). At one point 3 anti-tank mines were discovered, which had to be taken care of by a military engineer patrol.

Three mines discovered in the trench (by Zlocieniec.pl)
Three mines discovered in the trench (by Zlocieniec.pl)

The container of the time capsule, according to archive documents, contains a unique film depicting the celebration of Złocieniec’s 600th town rights anniversary, official seals and documents, newspapers and contemporary coins and bank notes. Whether it is true shall be known after the capsule’s opening in the coming days.

Time capsule sealed in the wall of the tower (by Zlocieniec.pl)
Time capsule sealed in the wall of the tower (by Zlocieniec.pl)

(after Zlocieniec.pl)

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