TREASURE hunters digging for 10 tons of Nazi gold have been given permission to lift a tank of loot.
The £200 million stash is said to have been buried 10 feet below the surface in an 18th-century palace near Wroclaw in southern Poland – which Hitler’s henchmen used as a secret SS brothel.
The major dig, which began in May 2021, is being led by a group called the Silesian Bridge Foundation in the village of Minkowskie.
The prospectors unearthed a 5ft metal bus using ground scan radars after pinpointing its location using an old SS diary.
Now, two months after their exciting discovery, the team has been given the go-ahead to bring the tank to the surface.
They told history buffs to “save the date” of September 1 after the excavator’s last permit was issued.
Sharing an update on the buried treasure, Roman Furmaniak, of the Silesian Bridge Foundation said: “We are delighted to share with you that we have received our latest permit required for the final excavation of the deposits.
“Save the date – September 1st! Big date for a big day!
“It’s moving, we’d love to make it a sprint, but we understand your impatience and we’re doing our best with what we’ve got!”
They had to ask permission from the army sappers, fearing that the treasure would have been booby-trapped by SS soldiers.
The team now hopes to uncover a treasure trove of stolen swag stolen towards the end of World War II on behalf of SS boss Heinrich Himmler to fund the creation of a Fourth Reich.
It is thought to consist of jewelry and possessions treasured by the German elite living in the area.
They gave their valuables to the Nazis in hopes of avoiding being grabbed by the advancing Russian Red Army.
The elusive “Gold of Breslau”, which disappeared from the police station in the Polish city of Wroclaw, is also believed to be one of the buried loot.
The Minkowskie Palace is the first site the foundation has searched.
Treasure hunters have compiled the location of the loot using classified documents, an SS officer’s diary and a map of the descendants of Waffen SS officers belonging to a secret lodge dating back more than 1,000 years.
According to the diary, an astonishing amount of gold, art, valuables and religious artifacts were stored in safe shelters in Lower Silesia.
The purpose of the Foundation is to verify the stories in the diary, which we have been doing for many years.
The war memoir, written by an officer Michaelis, identifies eleven locations of World War II treasures hidden in the final months of the conflict.
He would be the link between senior SS officers and local aristocrats who wanted help to protect their property from the Soviets.
A penciled note dated March 12, 1945, discussing the stock in the palace, reads: “A trough has been dug in the orangery, which is a safe ‘home’ for the delivered chests and containers.”
The Silesian Bridge Foundation concentrated on the orangery for most of the excavations in the 14-hectare park.
Roman added: “The purpose of the Foundation is to verify the stories in the diary, which we have been doing for many years.
“The Foundation has finally received a PERMIT. Permit to carry out archaeological work and to check whether the deposits are still there.
“This task awaits us in the near future.”
The loot apparently includes works by Botticelli, Rubens, Cezanne, Carravagio, Monet, Dürer, Rafael and Rembrandt.
Other deposits are said to contain gold coins, medals, jewels and valuables that have been given to local Nazi police for safekeeping by wealthy people in the city.