We often find stories about people discovering long-lost treasures. Sometimes they’re worth a fortune, and sometimes they have more of a sentimental value; such is the case with Rudi Schlattner. Shortly after WWII ,Schlattner and his family were forced to flee their home in Czechoslovakia. They were evacuated from the country due to a mass eviction of Germans by the government. When Schlattner got the chance to return to his childhood home nearly 70 years later, he remembered a secret his father taught him.
When he was a child, Schlattner’s father taught him a secret way of finding some family possessions he had hidden away before they left the country. The device, which is actually quite clever, involved a piece of string hanging from one of the wooden panels in the attic.
It’s incredible how well Schlattner’s father was able to hide all of these items. Nearly 70 packages in total were discovered. What’s more impressive, however, is the manner in which he hid them. Reportedly, Schlattner walked around tapping the wood panels with a small hammer, listening for a reaction. When he heard the correct sound, he found the string, which acted as a trigger for the hidden shelves!
Amongst the items found were old books, clothing, pens, cigarette cartons, sewing kits, toys and umbrellas. While they might not have the highest monetary value, their historic/sentimental value is through the roof!