Helmut Gaensel, being almost 85 and in good shape, decided to resume the
treasure hunt. In the photo with his wife Laďka.
old Helmut Geansel
year Helmut Gaensel celebrated his amazing 80th birthday! And how
else, but by other activities that are to lead him to the desired
Štěchovice treasure. Actual snap took him together with the son
of colonel Siegfried Klein during his stay in Štěchovice (more information
see the News section).
Gaensel was born in Kovářská village in 1934. Kovářská township
is situated on the ridge of Krušné hory in the valley of the stream
Černá voda in Chomutov district in Ústí region. The picture shows
Gaensel’s birth house. Both of hisparents had musical talent – although
his father Franz earned his living as a Chamber decorator but at
the same time he also actes as the conductor of the orchestra in
Chomutov. There he met his future wife Marta, who sang mainly in
Most of the war years Helmut Gaensel spent in Prague with his mother
only and he also followed her at the expulsion to the saxon village
Neue Schleuse. From there, he secretly returned to his grandmother
to Kovářská who was not affected by the transfer and after complicated
peripeta he succeeded to stay with her forever.
In 1949 he began to work as a miner in Jáchymov uranium mines.
1954 – 1956: Military service with the 60th battalion PTP Mošnov
In 1959 he was convicted of espionage against Czechoslovakia. But
the judgment is fictional and the goal is to get Gaensel close to
colonel Klein who is being held in Valdice prison. Gaensel promised
Czechoslovak authorities to assist in obtaining information that
would lead to finding Štěchovice treasure. After two years spent
alongside Klein for several months, however, an explicit result
is stil absent.
- Colonel Klein was released from prison and deported to Germany.
1964 - 1968 Helmut Gaensel begins to live the life of an adventurer.
In the service of the Czechoslovak authorities he is shuttling between
East and West (works as a Prague link), helps with the return of
German prisoners off Czechoslovakia and in exchange he receives
all sorts of information.
1968 – The first major attempt was to be undertaken to unearth Štěchovice
treasure. The date 21st of June was missed but it was shifted to
September. After the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet
Army Gaensel rested in Germany where he currently acts.
In the same year he goes to Brazil, where he co-operates with German
war veterans and opens gold mines here. He established the company
of Gaensel Gold Mines.
1977 – Witnin the context of the Persian carpet he helps the US
CIA actions to defeat Iranian illegal trade with uranium. Those
days US president Jimmy Carter gives him his thanks. In the coming
years he co-operates particularly with American Republicans and
receives many recognitions, for example from the president Ronald
Reagan and the foreign minister Alexander Haig.
the following years he is undertaking in the mining industry, particularly
in developing mining in silver mines in the American Salt Lake City.
He is also involved in the gold mines in Bolivia and silver mines
in Montana and Colorado.
– He returns to Czechoslovakia to continue the search for the Štěchovice
treasure (more information in other sections).
– He got married, his wife's name is Laďka Gaensel.
– He continues in search of Štěchovice treasure and Amber Chamber,
celebrating his 80th birthday, which some media also detected.
Čech: Jubilee of the big detector
doubted that more convoluted secrets and at the same time more than
a story Štěchovice treasure would be found in the Czech Republic.
Is there at all a well fed chimera? After all, looking almost continuously
since 1946, luck around Stechovice tested perhaps hundreds of searchers,
in some places the country is drilled like a swiss cheese.
Common mattocs were used, but also drilling rigs, some shafts were
of mine parameters, georadars and helicopters were used - and the
result? One perfect but a great media seized NOTHING!
Most diligent searcher for all those decades was undoubtedly Helmut
Gaensel. He was born in Kovářská village near Chomutov in 1934 in
a German family and in these days he celebrated his eightieth birthday
in full strength. We balance along with him.
All the madness began on February 11, 1946, when a group of American
soldiers arrived to Štěchovice. Without the knowledge and permission
of the Czechoslovak offices they opened until then unknown stole,
they unearth here crates with a part of the K H Frank archives and
shift them to Germany. At that time, the interior in their hands
the Colonel Emil Klein, former commander of SS sappers school in
Hradištko near Štěchovice.
Immediately he is interrogated and suggests that there in the underground
around the village could be more. But he is not more presise. Defence
minister Alexei Čepička creates the areas as of military training
places and digging begins.
subsequent years also the Ministry of Interior is digging here,
the last works by the old regime were organized by an arms dealer
still around November 1989 - foreign trade enterprise Omnipol. In
the nineties enter Helmut Gaensel, Josef Mužík and a myriad of other
searchers, including for instance the actor Ondřeje Vetchý, and
some of them try this luck still today.
do observe their activitiesed as a journalist throughout those twenty-five
years. The legend of the treasure has directly a luxury background:
something – in the Frank's stole – relly there was someting found.
During the war local inhabitants were evicted from there and a German
military space was created here - none of us could know what was
going on there. Indeed, something could be hidden here - the famous
Amber Chamber and other things are still mising.
Engineers settled here, there are old mine works here, Štěchovice
dam was finished during the war - ideal place to play hide and seek.
And finally: Helmut Gaensel knew Colonel Klein for his incarceration
here and in the subsequent contacts after Klein's departure to Germany.
No one could concieve better arrangements for storage of this treasure.
Over the years I crawled around Stechovice with various seekers
crisscross, crawling underground, looking at historical pictures
and most often still asking Helmut Gaensel the same question: "So
when the reasure will be out?" And in an imperfect Czech, I
still received the same answer:"Just, just, Mr. Cech."
The most famous seeker believes in Štěchovice treasure even in his
eighties and still hopes that if someone finds it, it will be just
him. But after all, he is opening a door in case the treasure was
still a fiction: "And if I found it, so also the years of search
were worth it," he says. And I believe him.
Author: Přemysl Čech
Talk show: The opinions and arguments | Station: Czech Radio Plus