There have been many stories told of secret, hidden possessions that were buried away during years of war or turmoil.
Though they remained still and unseen for decades, their eventual unearthing is always suspenseful.
One man has returned “home” to search for family possessions that his father once hid away right before they were forced to evacuate the country.
His father had taught him a special way of finding the hidden objects, but it wasn’t easy to retrieve them. Seven decades after he last saw them, it was hard to tell whether the items had survived through years of wear and tear.
Thankfully, the objects, which had remained untouched since the years after World War II, were recovered and found to be intact. The Daily
Mail spoke with some of those who were involved in the discovery.
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Right After World War II, Rudi Schlattner and his family fled their home in Czechoslovakia. They were forced to evacuate their home due to an act of mass eviction of ethnic Germans by the Czech government.
Schlattner, now in his 80s, wanted to return to his childhood home. He reached out to government officials in Libouch, a village in northwest Czech
Republic, where his old home has since been used as a kindergarten.
Once in his childhood home, Mr. Schlattner revealed something utterly incredible. While in the attic, he looked for a small piece of string that hung from one of the wooden panels. After pulling on it, a set of shelves unfolded.
Within these secret shelves sat an entire collection of decades-old possessions.
These were the treasures that Schlattner’s father had hidden away before they evacuated their home. Over the years, Schlattner had feared the destruction and discovery of these possessions, because the roof of the house had undergone numerous repairs.
Schlattner’s father hid a total of 70 packages in the attic, and hid them all extremely well. According to Tomas Okura, a museum director that was present at the finding, Schlattner tapped the panel boards with a small hammer to locate the hidden possessions.