When This Man Fled Czechoslovakia During WWII, He Left Something Remarkable Behind …You Have to See What it Was

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Rudi Shclattner and his family were among the many ethnic Germans expulsed after Pres. Edvard Benes ordered their eviction from Czechoslovakia after World War II.

The war had caused so much hatred among the Czechs in Germany that the government forced millions of them out of the country. A total of 800,000 were sent to the Soviet zone, and the rest were sent to the American zone.

Rudi and his family were among those that ended up in the American zone. Fortunately, the family was able to hide their property in the attic of the family home.

Seventy years later, Mr. Schlattner came back to their old house that his father built and which is now used as a kindergarten facility. He only had one purpose: to find out whether his father’s “treasures” were still there in the attic or not.

The house had undergone roof refurbishments, leading to concerns that the secret treasures might not still be hidden in the roof

Accompanied by a group consisting of the mayor of Libouch, the manager of the kindergarten, an archaeologist, and employees of a museum in the nearby town, 80-year-old Mr. Schlattner went back to the house that he left when he was only 13.

Now in his 80s, Rudi contacted municipal officials in the village of Libouch in north-western Czech Republic who now use the family home as a kindergarten

After knocking on the wooden panels in the loft, he found a small piece of string hanging from one of the panels, a system set up by his father. His father told him that he would only have to pull the string to detach the boards. Upon pulling the string, two boards detached and revealed a shelter full of items that remained hidden and untouched for 70 years.

Thrilled: Rudi Schlattner was forced to flee the family home as part of a mass expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia

Mr. Schlattner’s main concern was that since they left the family home seven decades ago, the secret possessions might have been discovered. The house has undergone roof refurbishments, but all seventy packages were intact under the roof. Mr. Schlattner’s father had hidden them well enough that nobody discovered they were there!

Packed: The inside the of the roof was filled with many packages from the family's lost home

Some of unwrapped objects included skis, hats, clothes-hangers, newspapers and paintings by Josef Stegl who also lived in the house during WWII.

Speacial: A selection of objects found secretly concealed behind the roofing planks in the house

“The packages were very skillfully hidden in the vault of the skylight,” Mr. Schlattner shared. “It was incredible how many things fitted in such a small space. It took more than one hour until we put everything out.”

There were some packages wrapped in brown paper while some objects like skis, hats, clothes hangers, newspapers, and paintings by Josef Stegl who once lived in the house during World War II.

Many of the objects were related to Mr Schlattner's childhood, after he left the country aged 13

Lost wonders: Mr Schlattner is reportedly not bitter over the fact that his family's treasures cannot be returned to him and promised to help with identification of the objects, although his health is not good

Mr. Tomas Okurka, the museum assigner, said, “We were surprised that so many ordinary things were hidden there. Thanks to the circumstances these objects have a very high historical value.”

Historic: Although the objects may not hold considerable value, they represent an invaluable insight into family life in the 1940s

Treasures: Several of the precious treasures found by Mr Schlattner from inside the roof

The packages were taken to the museum in the town of Usti nad Labem. After they were all unpacked, analyzed, and filed, historians declared them all to be in good condition.

New home: Mr Schlattner's lost treasures will now be held in a museum in the town of Usti nad Labem as the Czech government's rules dictate that all German property left behind is now owned by the state

“Such a complete finding of objects hidden by German citizens after the war is very rare in this region,” said museum manager Vaclav Houfek.

Sad to say, Mr. Schlattner will never be able to claim his possession. Because when the Germans were expelled from the country, all of their property were also confiscated. Whatever German property was left behind, including the items found in the shelter, will be owned by the Czech government. The secret treasures will now be held in a museum in the town of Usti nad Labem.

The family home was built between 1928 and 1929 by his father who lived in belief  that one day they would return and get it back. Mr. Schlattner, though, is not bitter over the fact that his family’s treasure cannot be returned to him. In fact, he promised to help with the identification of the objects.

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