A history-themed episode. I think the History Channel looked at episodes like this when it decided to start creating some of its programming like Ancient Aliens. Nimoy starts with a review of some history. World War Two is coming to an end, the Germans are ordered to defend Berlin as the Soviets and Americans converge in the spring of 1945. Archival footage from the war dances in the background.
Being Jewish himself, I can't help but think that Nimoy quietly finds a bit of satisfaction in narrating the end of the Third Reich that was supposed to last for a thousand years. We are told that many Nazi's cut out as the end came into sight. Many of them were in disguise and hoping to get away without having to pay for their crimes. Nimoy tells us about the Fall of France earlier in the war and Hitler's desire to remove many important works for art for his own enjoyment. Many pieces of art were brought from other museums in Europe and brought to the Nazi museum in Munich. Hitler had a grand plan to have the best art of the world available for his viewing pleasure.
We are introduced to some treasure hunters who continue to dive on the lake looking for more treasure. Back to 1945 and the flight out of Berlin of some of the Nazi hierarchy. Nimoy implies they must have hidden treasure on their way out in places it has not yet been discovered. He seems to imply that treasure hunters may have found some things, and paid for it with their lives. He mentions the underground Nazi movement known as Odessa. Its not clear this group ever actually existed, but I find them to be more interesting than the search for treasure!
Nimoy introduces us to art detective Rodolfo Siviero. He has been active from Florence and actually recovered some of the lost treasure. He estimates a third of the art is still missing form Italy. He thinks it is hidden in East Germany. There is an implication that Communists refuse to let it return. I don't remember hearing about any big art recovery after the fall of the Berlin Wall, so I'm not so sure about that.
"It is important for men like Siviero to believe that beauty can endure. It must endure if man is to banish the ugliness of war. Perhaps, if beauty endures, the flaming destruction of the past can finally be cast aside." Pure poetry as usual! No shots of Nimoy in this episode. Is it the sensitive nature and connection to the Holocaust?
This was a good episode. Nazi's are always creepy, but I bet even more so back in the 70's when it was still plausible some could be alive. I liked the historical connections too. Not as mysterious as some, but a decent episode.
You can watch this episode "Nazi Plunder" below.