However, some have not, including the Russian Amber Room. A full size room, with amber- annealed walls covered in intricate designs, containing a large number bombardment of amber chairs, lamps, and other furniture, was described by many to be the eighth wonder of the world (“History’). The room was described as a “gorgeous chamber made of amber” and “was often said to encompass old Russian’s imperial might” (Scott-Clark and Levy 4). This treasure, estimated to be worth 250 million euros (Crossroad), is still nowhere to be found.Despite many attempts to locate this hidden treasure, none have been successful. The room was recreated, though, and the full size replica as opened on May 31st, 2003, in SST.
Petersburg (Rice). There are several theories regarding the location of the Amber Room, though no one can be sure what the exact fate of the room was. Despite theories that the Amber Room was burned or lost at sea, there is a large amount of evidence suggesting it was buried underground, and remains there today. The Amber Room has a rich and exciting history leading up to its mysterious disappearance .Historians who have researched the Amber Room seem to agree on how the Amber Room was built, and how it ultimately was lost, though they are not sure where it went. The Amber Room was first commissioned to be made by the “eccentric Prussian King, Frederick Hemoglobin who wanted to do something with [amber] that had never been done According to Rice , the Amber Room panels were then given to Tsar Peter of Russia as a gift.
However, the Russians did nothing with the room until Pewter’s death, after which his daughter, Elizabeth, ordered the panels to be “installed in her summer palace…Catering’s Palace”.
There the room remained, a magnificent sight, until 1941 , untilled the Nazi’s came to the Palace. Hitler had ordered the Nazis to collect a variety f art, mostly paintings, in order to add to a personal collection in his hometown. As the Nazis conquered Europe, many items were stolen from their owners. The Amber Room, along with the other treasures in Catering’s palace, were ordered to be taken (“History’).
The Russians tried to camouflage, the room, covering the panels with wood, paper, and gauze.Soon, however, the Nazis discovered the panels, stripped them from the wall, and packed them in 27 crates, which they shipped to Germany (Lusted). While this part of the mystery this much of the story is agreed upon, there is much introverts regarding where the panels went next. However, there is a common belief, described by Rice , that the panels first went to Ginsberg Royal Castle, in Germany. The crates containing the panels, along with “1 8 trucks of the most valuable furniture and art objects.
.. Were carried to Ginsberg for safe storage” (Rice).Despite this attempt to protect it, the room was evidently not safe at Ginsberg, since it was lost relatively soon after its arrival. Both the Russians and the Germans understood the value of the Amber Room, yet somehow the room disappeared, with no apparent cord of where it was sent, or whether it was destroyed. Still, it is important that the room can be traced up to this point. Since historians know that the Germans were in possession of the room, and its last location was that it was last recorded to be in Germany, in Ginsberg, so the possible locations of the room can be narrowed.
Nevertheless, many theories exist as to what exactly happened to this coveted room. Despite the sudden disappearance of the room, the evidence regarding the removal Of the room from Russia by the Nazis provides a stable basis from which the theories regarding what appended next can be based. One of the several theories concerning the fate of the Amber Room is that it is currently at the bottom of the ocean. Rice reports that the room was allegedly put on a German passenger ship in 1945, leaving Agenda, a Polish port on the Baltic Sea.
The author also describes how the ship was “torpedoed while still in the Baltic Sea and sank” (Rice).Lusted also writes that the amber room may have been on that ship, repeating that it may have “sank to be bottom of the Baltic Sea when the ship carrying the crates was torpedoed”. Although deep-sea divers have attempted to locate he panels, none have been successful (Rice). The fact alone that sea-divers have not found the room is not evidence enough evidence to declare that it was not on the ship. However, there is very little evidence to believe the room was on the ship at all. The only two pieces of evidence that exist are very circumstantial.One, is that the room was last seen in boxes several days before the ship left, and, the other is, that similar sized boxes were seen being placed aboard the boat (Scott-Clark and Levy 7).
There are no records of the ship being placed on the boat, and it is very possible that the eye dinettes merely saw other boxes being loaded onto the ship. Therefore, due to the lack of evidence and several failed search attempts, the theory that the Amber Room, one of the greatest treasures in the world, is at the bottom of the Baltic Sea is extremely unlikely, and has been abandoned by a large majority of historians and treasure hunters.Still, the theory cannot be completely forgotten, because, although there is a lack of evidence, the room has not been found in any other location, and so all possibilities must remain open.
Another popular theory predicting the fate of the Amber Room is that he room was destroyed in a bombing or fire. During the war, while the Amber Room was at Ginsberg was attacked during air raids, states Lusted. Preserved describes how it was “severely damaged by countless Allied air raids, and much of the castle was burned to the ground”.The fact that the room was stored in a building that was bombed many times, and severely damaged, leads to the obvious suggestion that the room was destroyed during these attacks. In fact, there are even eyewitnesses witnesses who describe seeing the destroyed Amber Room.
One German man claims “he awe a fire and a “honey-colored mass” engulfed by flames” (Preserved), and another young girl reports that she was shown a “mass resembling melted honey, in which there were charred fragments of wood” in one of the cellars at Ginsberg (Rice).The fact that multiple eyewitnesses claim to have seen the destroyed amber reinforces this claim, though perhaps prematurely. There are several crucial details that question the validity of this theory. For example, there is confirmation from the German in charge of the treasures at Ginsberg that the room survived the attacks, probably underground in the Lear. Rice states that a report was sent on September 2nd, confirming that the Amber room was undamaged, Other than six plates of plinth. This solid piece of evidence is very crucial in convincing the countless people seeking the precious room that the Amber Room still exists.
Perhaps an even more convincing piece of evidence deterring investigators from the theory that the Amber Room was destroyed is scientific evidence. According to amber researchers, it is impossible to achieve such a honey-colored mass from amber, due to the fact that it ceases to exist at 300 degrees Celsius, and fire aches a temperature of 1,200 degrees (Rice). The fact that such a sight is not possible completely discredits the multiple eye-witnesses who claim to have seen the destroyed room, leaving the possibility that the room is still intact very likely.Although the theory that the room was burned or bombed while at Ginsberg at first seemed very valid, upon further review, it can be assumed that the room survived the air raids. Finally, the third, and most common theory, regarding the location of the Amber Room is that it is buried underground. It is widely believed that “the panels were taken down ND.
.. Whisked away to another secret location” after being at Ginsberg (Preserved). However, there are many ideas and possibilities as to the exact “secret location” it was taken.For example, Eric Koch, the former Nazi leaser of East Prussia, reported that a ‘Valuable amber chamber” was buried in Russia, outside Ginsberg (Rice). Also, some people it is in an old flooded salt mine in Voluntaries, with the initials B. S.
W. V . There is an old document that reads, “Amber Room, Mission Accomplished. The item is stored in B. S.
“, supporting this theory (Rice). According to Rice, there were over a hundred possible locations listed, from a brewery one Nazi frequently visited, to various cellars, to hidden in a lagoon.Although many Of these sites were searched, there seem to be many that have not, and it is still very possible that the Amber Room is hidden in one of these locations. To this very day, seventy years after its disappearance, the search for the room continues, mostly in Germany, according to Crossroad. There are currently three rival digs, one of which is searching in Weeper, the western city in Germany (Crossroad). The fact that there are still several groups of people searching for the room supports the theory that it is located underground somewhere, along with plenty of factual evidence.It is very likely that the Amber Room was placed in an underground location to keep it safe, and would remain there today unless it was secretly destroyed (Rice).
Due to the many documents and accounts that the Amber Room was placed in a mine or other underground location, it is considered to be the most likely theory. Although it was speculated that the Amber Room sunk to the bottom of the ocean or hat it was destroyed in a bombing or fire, it is obvious that the most probable exponentiation is that it is hidden underground in one of many possible locations.The Russians and Germans both valued the Amber Room considerably, and tried to protect it. Thus, , and so it is doubtful that the room would have been destroyed, at least intentionally.
While many have given up on finding the Amber Room, it is important that people remain hopeful and continue to search for the room, because not only does it represent Russian history, but also the need to resist the racism and violence that the Nazi party arrayed. Hitler stole many works of art, including the Amber Room, and it is only right that these valuable treasures are returned to their proper owners.