There are many stories about secret, hidden (family) possessions that were buried or hidden during years of war. Many of these possessions were not found because people never returned home, they took the secret with them to their grave.
But luckily there are exceptions! Like the story of Rudi Schlattner. He returned to his parental home years after World War II to look for family property his father once hid just before they had to evacuate the country. His father (who had died) had taught him a special way to find the hidden objects.
Seven decades after he last saw them, it was hard to trace where it was hidden. His father had told him to look for a piece of string. Once in his parental home, he looked for the little string that hung on one of the wooden panels. After a long search he saw the string and pulled it, he could hardly believe what happened then! After the rope was pulled, a number of wooden panels unfolded. Then a large, hidden space became visible, which was full of decades-old possessions. These were the precious treasures that Schlattner’s father had hidden before they had to evacuate their home.
Schlattner was surprised that the possessions were still there, since the roof of the house had undergone numerous repairs over the years. But his father had packed the possessions (a total of 70 boxes) well. Schlattner was very curious about what was in the boxes and started to unpack them one by one.
Some packages, which have remained untouched for 70 years, were wrapped in brown paper. Other objects were in boxes, including hats, clothes hangers, newspapers, paintings, and even skis. The packages also appeared to contain umbrellas, pens, school tables, unopened cigarettes, badges, books, socks and sewing sets. All items were still in excellent condition. When Schlattner opened the last box he became emotional when he saw what was in it, click quickly to find out what it is.
When he opened the box he was completely silent for a moment. The last box contained all the toys that he and his sister used to play with. Such as cars, wooden toys, stuffed animals and dolls. Unfortunately, all items go to a museum in the Czech city of Usti nad Labem. This is because the state can legally preserve all German properties left behind in the years after the war.