From 1933 to 1943, Nazis systematically plundered art across all of Europe. The most precious thing stolen in this decade-long sweep was actually an entire room-the Amber Chamber. The Amber Room, as it is alternatively called, sat in St. Petersburg's Catherine Palace in Russia and was composed entirely of amber, gold, and precious stones. When Nazis invaded the Soviet Union during World War II, curators at the palace were forced to leave. The Nazis then packed the entire Amber Room into crates, relocating it to Germany. The castle where the Amber Room crates resided in Germany was soon bombed by Allies, leaving the whereabouts of the room unknown. At one point, this room was considered the eighth wonder of the world.
The Mystery Of The Lost Amber Room
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From 1933 to 1943, Nazis systematically plundered art across all of Europe. 00:49
The stolen Amber Chamber is crafted entirely of amber, gold, and precious stones. 01:18