Himmler's efforts to turn sand into gold

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SS chief Heinrich Himmler set up a secret unit in the Dachau concentration camp after becoming convinced he could turn sand into gold, a book has claimed.

His personal alchemist was a man named Karl Malchus who convinced Himmler he could make the metal.

Gold was vital for the Nazi regime in Germany to use to buy armaments and technology from abroad. When Himmler was approached by the scientist in 1937, after the regime had been in power for four years.

The book, Hilter's Alchemists – The Secret Attempts to manufacture gold in Dachau, by academic Helmut Werner, is the first account of this extraordinary confidence trick pulled on one of the most murderous individuals who ever lived....

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