Wewelsburg castle still stands today. Had Adolf Hitler won the war, the black sun symbol on the floor in the North tower of the castle, would have marked the center of the world.


Selected by Himmler to become the location of a "Reich SS Leadership School," the Nazi Party signed a 100 year lease on the castle. During its occupancy, it was often visited by the elite of the SS. Allegedly, occult rituals and ceremonies took place there.


On March 30, 1945, the Nazi commander of the castle fled as the American 3rd Armored Division advanced. On the 31st, Himmler ordered the SS to destroy the castle.

Castuillo de Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States and is located in St. Augustine, Florida.  Built by the Spanish, construction began in 1672 and took 23 years to complete.


Any attempt to acquire the Castuillo by force was met with failure. 


The British took control of the fort by treaty and renamed it Fort St. Mark, in 1763.


During the American Revolution, the fort was used to house prisoners. Among them were three of the four South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence: Thomas Heyward Jr., Arthur Middleton and Edward Rutledge. 


  



Using back country roads during the night, 15 of Himmler's men were able to elude detection.


Arriving Easter morning, on April 1st, the SS used explosives and destroyed most of the castle. The remainder was burned. Strangely enough, the North Tower suffered minimal damage.


Later, Himmler fled in civilian clothes and was captured by the British. During his interrogation, he committed suicide by ingesting cyanide. His body was the secretly buried somewhere in the Luneburg Heath.


It has been speculated Himmler may have had a double. After over a year, there was an attempt to recover the body. It was never found. 

A FEW KNOWN FACTS