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Hunt for a buried Nazi nuclear lab

 

The search for a hidden Nazi laboratory, where nuclear experiments may have been conducted, has been launched in Austria.

Austrian authorities took action after the release of filmmaker Andreas Sulzer’s TV documentary based on numerous World War II documents and eyewitness reports revealing the Nazi plan for building a devastating nuclear weapon to win the war.

During his research Sulzer found that initially 272 prisoners of Mauthausen concentration camp were forced to start building secret tunnels nearby Gusen, sub-camp of Mauthausen in January 1944. During the construction an estimated 40,000 workers were used of which 20,000 were worked to death by November the same year. Besides the assumed nuclear lab thousands of prisoners made weapons in the 15 mile long (24 kilometers) subterranean galleries so as to supply the German war machine.

Measurements recently taken at the site showed a higher than normal level of uranium that indicates an underground nuclear explosion. So far £10,000 has been spent on the project and there is a plan to recruit an international team of experts and researchers to shed light on the secret of the Nazi nuclear weapon project.

Ironically, soon after the end of the Second World War Austria was eager to make the underground complex disappear by flooding the tunnels with concrete – £10 million worth. In addition to the filling, the Soviet Army took all of the documentations on the site and brought them to Moscow when Austria regained independence in 1955. Yet Sulzer, alongside the Austrian authorities, believe the lab where the nuclear experiments were conducted avoided the destruction.

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Mauthausen concentration camp was liberated, shortly before the end of the war in Europe, Here, liberated prisoners offer a rousing welcome to cavalrymen of the 11th Armored Div, 3rd US Army who freed them from the Germans.

Mauthausen concentration camp was liberated, shortly before the end of the war in Europe, Here, liberated prisoners offer a rousing welcome to cavalrymen of the 11th Armored Div, 3rd US Army who freed them from the Germans. (Photo by Photo12/UIG/Getty Images)

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