7 Of The Coolest (And Creepiest) Mysteries From World War II

Even after countless books, movies, and TV shows have been written and produced about the Second World War, there’s still so much that those of us on the outside don’t know.

From the lost identity of a man who changed the tides of the war to the disappearance of a high-ranking Nazi, here are some of the greatest mysteries surrounding World War II.

Heinrich Müller

To this day, the German head of the Gestapo, Heinrich Müller, remains the senior most figure of the Nazi regime ever captured. Although historians found a death certificate that says he died in Berlin in 1945, it’s impossible to prove its legitimacy.

Some reports say that Müller was spotted in Cuba and Argentina long after that. At one point, a man in Panama named Francis Willard Keith was believed to be Müller himself. Even Müller’s wife thought it was him! Unfortunately, fingerprint scanning proved that this wasn’t the case.

U-530

Even after Admiral Dönitz ordered the war’s end, German U-boat U-530 did not surrender. Instead, it traveled to Mar del Plata, Argentina, and eventually gave itself over to the Argentinian Navy. The suspicious thing about this craft is that the sub’s captain, Otto Wermuth, refused to explain why it took them two months to get to Argentina, why they dismantled their own deck gun, why the crew had no identification, or why there was no log on the ship. Some speculate that their secrecy covered up the ferrying of high-ranking Nazis to South America, including Adolf Hitler himself.

The Amber Room

The Amber Room was used by Russian tsars to entertain their guests for centuries. Filled with beautiful amber panels and priceless gold pieces, the room was considered the Eighth Wonder of the World…until World War II, when the room, along with the rest of Catherine Palace, was raided by the Nazis.

While some believed that the room was taken to Königsberg for display, it actually disappeared from the face of the Earth. A replica was constructed in 2003, but the whereabouts of the original are still unknown.

The Body from Operation Mincemeat

When the Allies decided to take back Italy, they figured that the best way to do so was to make the Germans think they were going to Greece. They did so by planting classified documents on a dead body, but those documents actually contained falsities designed to throw Germany off track.

When the fallen soldier carrying the identity card of “Major Martin” washed ashore in Punta Umbría, Spain, the Germans thought they’d stumbled upon a game changer. Operation Mincemeat was a success, but the true identity of Major Martin is still a mystery. There are those who believe he was John “Jack” Melville, a sailor who died in the explosion of the HMS Dasher. Others say it was a homeless alcoholic from Wales named Glyndwr Michael.

Herschel Grynszpan

On November 7, 1938, a young Jewish refugee named Herschel Grynszpan shot and killed Nazi diplomat Ernst vom Rath in Paris. This assassination provided the Nazis with the pretext to start the Kristallnacht program, which effectively kicked the Holocaust into high gear.

Grynszpan almost escaped, but the Nazis seized him when they invaded France. His trial was supposed to be a symbol of Jewish betrayal, but due to the war, it kept getting postponed. If Grynszpan survived the war at all, he never came forward to family or friends. He was last seen in 1943.

Who betrayed the Frank family?

It may be the most recognizable story from the war, but some parts of it are still shrouded in mystery. The main question is this: Who alerted the Nazis to the Frank family’s whereabouts? The son of Otto Frank’s friend Tonny Ahlers came forward to say that his father betrayed them. There are some who believe it was Wilhelm van Maaren, the warehouse manager. To this day, nobody knows for sure.

Glenn Miller

Between 1939 and 1943, Glenn Miller was a best-selling recording artist whose most notable tracks included “Moonlight Serenade,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” While traveling to entertain troops in France during World War II, his plane mysteriously vanished over the English Channel. There are some who believe that the plane crashed due to faulty equipment, but there is another strange theory that says it was accidentally hit by a bomb from an Allied aircraft.

(via Reddit)

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg seem pretty hell-bent on covering every single aspect of the war in a slew of Oscar-nominated films, but the fact that there are still so many unsolved mysteries from this dark time in history suggests that there’s really no way to examine everything. After all, dead men tell no tales.

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10 Of The World’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries. I’d Never Even Heard Of #7.

Despite modern technology and our advanced understanding of the world, there are still a lot of mysteries out there. They all make you scratch your head and some even force you to question reality. Here are 10 of the world’s best unsolved mysteries for you to ponder:

1.) The Mary Celeste.

The Mary Celeste was a ship destined for Italy that departed New York in 1872. On board was the captain and his family, along with a crew of eight. However the ship never made it to Italy. It was found floating near the Straight of Gibraltar, abandoned. Everything was intact except that the captain’s log book was missing. 

2.) The Marfa Lights.

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The Marfa Lights are mysterious lights that have frequently been sighted over the Mitchell Flats east of Marfa, Texas. They’ve been a regular sight in the area for much of the last century. Despite many theories about their origins, no one has been able to provide evidence for their theories. 

3.) Babushka Lady.

After President Kennedy was assassinated, the Babushka Lady was seen at the site taking pictures of what happened. She was dubbed that by the FBI because she was wearing a headscarf very similar to what Russian grandmothers wear, also know as Babushkas. No one knows who she is, or what photos she took. The FBI asked her to come forward during the investigation, but she never did. 

4.) Tunguska.

Back in 1908 there was a huge unexplained explosion over a forest in Tunguska, Siberia. The force and devastation of the blast was equivalent to more than 2,000 Hiroshima level bombs. Initially scientists thought it may have been a meteor. However there is a lack of hard evidence to prove that theory. 

5.) Ball Lightning.

Ball lightning is an extremely rare thing. Essentially it is electricity (lightning) that’s shaped like a sphere. When it has been spotted it looks like little balls of floating electricity. Sadly because it is so rare, almost no research has gone into figuring out what the heck causes it.

6.) Axeman of New Orleans.

In 1918 a married couple in New Orleans was killed in their home. The killer butchered them in their sleep. No valuables were taken in the attack, and the killer left the axe at the scene. At least eight more people fell victim to the so-called “Axeman” before the murders stopped. The Axeman was never found.

7.) Olof Palme.

Olof Palme was an outspoken Swedish politician and prime minister from 1982 – 1986. His platform included a referendum on nuclear energy and restoring socialist economic policies. In 1986 when he was walking home with his wife from the movies, he was assassinated. The killer was never found.

8.) D.B. Cooper.

D.B. Cooper hijacked a plane in November, 1971 en route from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. He demanded $200,000 in cash when the plane landed in Seattle. Once the plane was refueled and back in the air, Cooper parachuted from the plane with the money strapped to his body. Neither he nor the money were ever found.

9.) Hitler’s Fortune.

The Nazis were well known for plundering the wealth of their victims. It was rumored that because of this Hitler personally had the equivalent of $4 billion in hoarded gold, currency, and other valuables. While some isolated stores of Nazi plunder have been found, the main bulk of it is still out there somewhere. 

10.) The burial site of Genghis Khan.

Legend has it that when Genghis Khan died, all witness to his burial were killed. His loyal followers supposedly buried Khan then killed all of the slaves that helped with the burial. They then had their horses trample the ground to hide the grave. There’s even a story that some of his followers diverted a river to cover up his grave. 

(Via: Full Punch)

Wow. Alright those are some crazy mysteries. I had no idea Hitler had that much wealth by the end of World War II. I wonder where it went…

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