The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost

The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost


The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure [EPUB] ✼ The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure Author Cathy Scott-Clark – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk One of mankind s greatest treasures, the Amber Room stood as a symbol of Russian glory for over two hundred years But after the Nazi invasion, it was never seen again Now, in a masterpiece of detectio One Room: The Fate of Kindle - of mankind s greatest treasures, Room: The PDF/EPUB ½ the Amber Room stood as a symbol of Russian glory for over two hundred years But after the Nazi invasion, it was never seen again Now, in a masterpiece of detection, investigative journalists Catherine Scott Clark and Adrian Levy have at last unraveled the jumble of evidence surrounding the Amber Room s fate Journeying through the former Soviet bloc, and exploring archives in St Petersburg and Berlin, they reveal what happened to the most valuable lost treasure in the world and why the truth has been withheld for The Amber PDF/EPUB or so long Their revelations have broken a conspiracy of lies by the Russians who, for decades, have blamed the Amber Room s disappearance on the widespread looting of Nazi Germany, rather than face the shocking truth.

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  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure
  • Cathy Scott-Clark
  • English
  • 04 August 2019
  • 0425203786

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10 thoughts on “The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure

  1. Feisty Harriet Feisty Harriet says:

    I really wanted to love this, the concept is absolutely fascinating a room paneled in amber from the Baltic Sea, installed in Catherine II s palace near St Petersburg and generally referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World During WWII when the Nazi s were marching towards St Petersburg, museum curators and art historians frantically packed up as much as they could and sent priceless art by the train load to Siberia for safe keeping The Amber Room was left behind, museum curators could not I really wanted to love this, the concept is absolutely fascinating a room paneled in amber from the Baltic Sea, installed in Catherine II s palace near St Petersburg and generally referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World During WWII when the Nazi s were marching towards St Petersburg, museum curators and art historians frantically packed up as much as they could and sent priceless art by the train load to Siberia for safe keeping The Amber Room was left behind, museum curators could not figure out how to dismantle it in such a short time frame without destroying it completely When the German army reached the city they looted and destroyed much of what remained A few years later when the war was over and the staff returned the Amber Room was gone This story follows the decades long search for the amber panels, in Cold War and Soviet Russia as well as in divided Germany To date, the room has not been found it was probably destroyed , but treasure hunters around the world continue to hunt for it The story is SO interesting, but the authors really didn t focus on the interesting parts, instead, it seemed they focused on how difficult it was for them to get information Um, duh Skip this, watch Seasons 1 and 2 of White Collar instead

  2. Shannon Shannon says:

    This book is packed full of details so many that it s tough to follow Extended Russian surnames and middle names do not help While assembling myriad details of the Amber Room mystery, it s necessary for the authors to include and follow through every lie, both intentional and not, fabricated story and piece of misinformation in the lexicon It could, however, use a clearer sense of organization that the haphazard order in which they gleaned these details Predictable Soviet and German bure This book is packed full of details so many that it s tough to follow Extended Russian surnames and middle names do not help While assembling myriad details of the Amber Room mystery, it s necessary for the authors to include and follow through every lie, both intentional and not, fabricated story and piece of misinformation in the lexicon It could, however, use a clearer sense of organization that the haphazard order in which they gleaned these details Predictable Soviet and German bureaucracy frustrates the researchers authors, while I would have preferred that frustration be limited in the re telling In parts, the story tries to take on a thriller like true detective aspect, as the authors hide from Soviet intelligence services and are denied access to classified files, but that thread is lost constantly and lies dormant most of the book It would better have served the story to simply compile a non fiction book and leave the biography aspect out Despite the pinballing narrative, I did learn a tremendous amount about the Amber Room, it s history and the WWII setting in which it disappeared

  3. K. K. says:

    I feel like the subtitle of this book is a little deceptive the untold story of the greatest hoax of the twentieth century Yeah, it s not a hoax so much as no one really knows what happened and maybe one dude did and was too scared to say anything so he just swept it all under the rug and sat on his hands until he died because he didn t want to end up in the hands of the KGB or the Stasi But, you know, whatever ANYWAY This is a wonderfully researched and easy to read discussion of the A I feel like the subtitle of this book is a little deceptive the untold story of the greatest hoax of the twentieth century Yeah, it s not a hoax so much as no one really knows what happened and maybe one dude did and was too scared to say anything so he just swept it all under the rug and sat on his hands until he died because he didn t want to end up in the hands of the KGB or the Stasi But, you know, whatever ANYWAY This is a wonderfully researched and easy to read discussion of the Amber Room and what happened to it during the Second World War It took me a while to get used to the writing simply because it s written in the first person plural we checked into our hotel room, we were surprised to learn that, we went to see our friend the professor and the book doesn t really offer any definitive conclusions But it s still a fascinating look at the utter madness that went on between Soviet Russia and Nazi East Germany through until the fall of the Iron Curtain

  4. Bibliovoracious Bibliovoracious says:

    Good book Lots of fascinating detail Quite compelling for non fiction The journey of the researchers in itself is an incredible story obviously, work on this book took years The possible fates of the famous Amber Room are diverse, and one by one, are chased down at great length And then.there s the end I wanted to throw it out the window I m like all that time and THAT S THE CONCLUSION YOU COME TO Hardly a closed case, let s just say I was exasperated with the tidy wrap up out o Good book Lots of fascinating detail Quite compelling for non fiction The journey of the researchers in itself is an incredible story obviously, work on this book took years The possible fates of the famous Amber Room are diverse, and one by one, are chased down at great length And then.there s the end I wanted to throw it out the window I m like all that time and THAT S THE CONCLUSION YOU COME TO Hardly a closed case, let s just say I was exasperated with the tidy wrap up out of nowhere It s like, did you run out of research money Time to just end it What about all those other strings left hanging UNSATISFACTORY

  5. Kasia Kasia says:

    I swollowed it in one go last sunday It s a great, quick and absolutely mesmerising read.

  6. Claudia Claudia says:

    The Gold of the North Balkan amber was at one time so plentiful that it was harvested from the sea with giant nets Two British journalists investigate the mystery of what happened to the Amber Room from it s original planning by Frederick I of Prussia to its construction by Frederick William who gifted it to Tsar Peter the Great of Russia to solidify their alliance Finally installed during the reign of Elizabeth when it was installed and finished in the Catherine Palace The so called 8th Won The Gold of the North Balkan amber was at one time so plentiful that it was harvested from the sea with giant nets Two British journalists investigate the mystery of what happened to the Amber Room from it s original planning by Frederick I of Prussia to its construction by Frederick William who gifted it to Tsar Peter the Great of Russia to solidify their alliance Finally installed during the reign of Elizabeth when it was installed and finished in the Catherine Palace The so called 8th Wonder of the World, it was left behind when Russian museum curators fled with as much of their collections as they were able to pack as the German Army approached Weighing in at 13,000 pounds and supposedly quite fragile, Nazi soldiers removed it from the palace walls and shipped it home And from there, it disappeared The so called Nazi Gift Book listed that the Amber Room was received at Konigsburg Castle but even that disappeared in the days following the end of the war Paperwork was found stating that it was to be moved in those final days But where The authors were able to get access to some surviving Nazi archives but also some Soviet archives as well as those held by the East German Stasi Whatever reports, letters, diary entries and orders that they were able to examine no photocopying, no cameras were cleansed and sanitized by Eastern German and Soviet security cultural organizations That s if they were able to get anything Bureaucracy at its finest even if was between allies supposedly working together The orders of the so called trophy brigades of the Red Army were basically to find any treasure or artwork that was created, gifted, or even displayed at one time in Russia was to be claimed by the Soviets If it had a Russian purview, it was now Russian property No matter if it belonged to another country that had been overrun by the Nazis, it was then considered part of the German reparations owed to the Soviet people.The general consensus seems to be that the original Amber Room was destroyed when parts of Konigsberg Castle where it was stored burned between April 9 11, 1945 Afterwards, the remains of three of the stone mosaics which had disintegrated into dust from the high temperatures over 1000 degrees C were found so the resin amber which burns between 200 and 380 degrees C would not have survived.But in turn, the Russian propaganda machines do occasionally find lost treasures amidst the massive collections gathered by their trophy brigades When it suits them And certainly, items are still being found in attics, cellars, caves and lost bunkers Maybe one day 2019 114

  7. Courtney Smith Atkins Courtney Smith Atkins says:

    This is a wonderfully researched book with lots of details about Russian bureaucracy The Amber Room is a cultural beauty for the Russian people The loss of this during WWII, created a treasure finding missionfor anyone interested Let the lies and secrecy beginRealistically, the Amber Room was destroyed The Amber Room has been re created and is in it s home at the restored Catherine Palace Epic story line, the oral history is fascinatingbut difficult to read in a book.

  8. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    When I started this book, I was hoping for a solid, well written, well researched account of what had happened to the Amber Room the Nazi theft from Russia, its placement in Koingsburg, its disappearance in the last days of WWII, the search immediately afterward, the parallel searches by the Stasi and KGB during the Cold War, and what happened after the Cold War ended What I got was, first and foremost, the authors giving a detailed, descriptive account of every who, what, when, where, why, an When I started this book, I was hoping for a solid, well written, well researched account of what had happened to the Amber Room the Nazi theft from Russia, its placement in Koingsburg, its disappearance in the last days of WWII, the search immediately afterward, the parallel searches by the Stasi and KGB during the Cold War, and what happened after the Cold War ended What I got was, first and foremost, the authors giving a detailed, descriptive account of every who, what, when, where, why, and how in their search for information about the Amber Room and its fate Second to that was, once in a while, the story of the Amber Room or an important event in the search for it thank God, those parts were succinct and to the point.The book dragged.I wanted to learn about the Amber Room, not read about Every Single Interview and Every Single Page Of Every Single Diary And Every Single Stasi Report And Every Sigh And Twitch Of Every Person They Talked To Do we care about all the minutae of the trip to the remote cottage of the former informant and the details of how his wife served tea and how he treated her, when none of it is relevant to your search for the Amber Room and all that takes five pages when you could have summed it up in about two and focused on what he had to tell you No, we don t care about the irrelevant details Get To The Point Tell us about the Amber Room the Nazis taking it from Catherine Palace to Koingsburg, its mysterious disappearance from there, the searches for it immediately after WWII, the parallel searches by the Stasi and the KGB, and what s happened since the end of the Cold War That is what I was hoping to read about, not how long you waited in Russia to talk to people and how hard it was to access archives and get the files you needed and how torn you were between staying in Berlin or returning to Russia and what was on each page of the nine files you read at the Stasi on 9 November 2004 or whatever year you two were in Berlin Get To The Point Summarize You two can do that, yes Good DO IT.If the authors want the reader to get a sense of the frustration they felt at how long their search for information was taking, at feeling like they were running in circles and getting nowhere and wondering when they were going to find some answers, then mission accomplished If the authors want the reader to come away feeling at loose ends, mission absolutely accomplished, because after hanging in there for several hundred pages and forcing myself to keep going, certain there would be some kind of payout at the end, suddenly the end had arrived and the writers are escorting me, the reader, to the exit, and I m mentally looking back over my shoulder as I try to dig in my heels and find out what the heck just happened because there s no way I could possibly be at the end yet the exit wouldn t just pop up out of nowhere and the writers wouldn t leave everything wide open with no indication things were going to remain that way indefinitely if it was the end Right Unfortunately, it is the end, that is the exit door, and I find myself feeling wishing I could have back the time I spent reading this book so I could invest it in one that focuses on the Amber Room If I wanted to read about the deadly dull, excrutiatingly slow research process, I d get a book on how to research the provenance of artifacts, historical events, or some other such thing

  9. R.E. Thomas R.E. Thomas says:

    In the early 18th Century, Prussian ruler Frederick I presented Tsar Peter the Great with a truly unique treasure meticulously carved amber then worth twelve times its weight in gold that had been expertly assembled into enough wall panels to decorate an entire room The beauty and value of the amber aside, as a work of craftsmanship the Amber Room was remarkable imagine trying to repeat the same feat entirely from a single type of gemstone The panels were assembled and re assembled by the In the early 18th Century, Prussian ruler Frederick I presented Tsar Peter the Great with a truly unique treasure meticulously carved amber then worth twelve times its weight in gold that had been expertly assembled into enough wall panels to decorate an entire room The beauty and value of the amber aside, as a work of craftsmanship the Amber Room was remarkable imagine trying to repeat the same feat entirely from a single type of gemstone The panels were assembled and re assembled by the Romanovs, eventually finding a home in the Catherine Palace near St Petersburg There it remained until the Nazis stole it at the opening of the siege of Leningrad in 1941 The Nazis returned their ill gotten prize to its city of origin, K nigsberg now the military enclave of Kaliningrad It is from K nigsberg where the Amber Room disappeared at the end of the war.This is where authors Levy and Scott Clark The Stone of Heaven begin their book, exploring the efforts of various German and Russian parties to determine the fate of Russia s greatest lost treasure Taking the reader through the spadework of securing and reviewing archival materials from former Soviet and East German archives, the result is a highly entertaining work of non fiction that thoroughly illuminates both the mystery of the Amber Room and the issues involving works of art stolen by various parties during the Second World War The missing amber panels became something of a Cold War propaganda football, being pushed back and forth between the Soviets and the West West Germany in particular The result is that The Amber Room reads very much like the kind of non fiction thriller that would involve Cold War espionage, except that instead of military secrets or mole hunting, the book is about missing art It is filled with tales of betrayal, intrigue, cynical careerism, and bureaucratic stalling that are often absurd, but always frustrating.Like a real thriller, Levy and Scott Clark include a real twist in theirs As it follows the various investigations, the book seems to be leading towards a particular explanation, but ultimately the authors turn the story back on itself and return to the first theory regarding mysterious fate of the Amber Room While their theory cannot be proven yet, their thought process provides a certain dramatic edge to this work where espionage meets art history

  10. Meg Meg says:

    The Amber Room has fascinated me since I first learned about it on a Discovery Channel show, it was something you never learn about here in the states The show explored a few possibilities but nothing near the research done in this book Basically, the Russian curator of the Catherine Palace decided it was way too risky to evacuate the fragile Amber Room when the Germans were advancing on Tsarskoye Selo The Amber Room s construction was very complicated probably the largest and most fragil The Amber Room has fascinated me since I first learned about it on a Discovery Channel show, it was something you never learn about here in the states The show explored a few possibilities but nothing near the research done in this book Basically, the Russian curator of the Catherine Palace decided it was way too risky to evacuate the fragile Amber Room when the Germans were advancing on Tsarskoye Selo The Amber Room s construction was very complicated probably the largest and most fragile jigsaw puzzle ever Unfortunately the Germans crated the Amber Room up and sent it off to German territory in K nigsberg, after that the rest is a mystery Did the Amber Room burn when the Russians were advancing on K nigsberg Were the Germans able to evacuate the Amber Room to East Prussia Or has it been secreted away in bunkers under K nigsberg all this time Regardless of its fate, Russia continues to blame Germany for the loss of its greatest treasure.Cathy Scott Clark and Adrian Levy compiled their research journey into a narrative in this book which at first was a style I absolutely hated The first quarter of the book was boring it seemed like a never ending pattern They would meet with someone who could potentially give them information or access to archives, and almost always that person would say something along the lines of you know how it works in Russia essential saying their palms needed to be greased I was ready to toss this book into my never finished pile indefinitely, but it finally started to pick up.Even with the drudgery in the first section of the book, I still feel it deserves about 4.5 stars While the narrative style was hard to get used to at first, it was definitely the best way to tell this story All the different names and players were hard to keep track of after awhile, but then I remembered there s a who s who guide at the beginning I got excited with every strong lead and was disappointed every time those leads were discredited or couldn t continue further The authors definitely did their due diligence to research every possible angle, which really sold me on their conclusion Anyone with a strong love for somewhat obscure history and the ability to read very long books about history will love this book

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