Woman Finds Something In The Safe She Inherited From Her Great Aunt
When your loved ones pass away, you never really know what you are going to inherit. And this was certainly the case for one young woman recently. Her great aunt recently passed away and she inherited a rusty, old chest. She wasn’t ungrateful, but she wasn’t quite sure what was in the chest or what she would do with it. Since it was rusty and not well kept, she assumed that nothing of value would be inside. But when she finally got the chest opened, she made a shocking discovery. Read on to learn about the shocking discoveries that were made when this old, rusty chest that she inherited from her great aunt was finally popped open.
A woman recently inherited a rusty old chest from her great aunt.
She pulled the chest aside and was excited to see what it contained.
Before she could open it, she had to figure out how to pop it open. Thankfully, after looking around, she found that the key was secured to the side of the chest. But she still was not sure that this was the solution she was looking for. After all, the chest was extremely rusty and who knows if the locking mechanism would still work. It could be rusted and rotted and not work.
She inserted the key into the lock, held her breathe and much to her surprise, she heard a clicking sound as she turned the key. The key had actually unlocked the chest. She quickly popped the chest lid open. But after all of that, her heart quickly sank. Imagine her disappointment when there was nothing but a chest divider peering up from the chest.
To be sure there was nothing else in there, she lifted up the chest divider. This was when she unveiled the treasures that were hidden inside of the chest.
Located beneath the tray was a treasure trove of pictures, books, letters and other old relics. There were all reminders of her great aunt’s life. There were pictures and letters from different eras throughout her life. And though she didn’t recognize everyone named in the letters or photographed in the pictures, she certainly recognized her great aunt in many of the older photos.
One of the first things she pulled out of the chest was a copy of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. Though its not exactly rare, it sent chills down her spine to see the book. She knew her great aunt lived in Germany from 1910 through the 1960s, so it wasn’t shocking to see German history, but to see items from Hitler was.
The next thing she found was an old book called Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott. The book was worn and well read, so she could tell it as clearly loved by its owner.
Continuing on in the stack of books, the woman found a German book called, Leipzig, which was published in 1846. Holding the book and looking at the yellow pages made the woman feel like she had traveled back in time.
While many of the books that the woman found are relatively unknown, the next is not. She found an old copy of Lady and the Tramp. While the move by Walt Disney is the most well-known version of this story, this book was actually written in German and around far before the movie even was dreamt about.
Next, she started to dig through the pictures. While most were of her great aunt, she found pictures of other family members. One of her favorites was a photo of her grandma in the kitchen baking.
Another of her favorite photos was a photo of her grandfather riding a motorcycle. It certainly made her chuckle to look at her grandpa being so care-free.
The next photo was a picture of boys were part of the Hitler Youth Movement. Membership in the Hitler Youth movement was mandatory, so this was something these children may not have chosen. She didn’t recognize anyone in the pictures, but wondered if her great aunt knew these boys or if they were related to her in any way.
The last photo was a photo of Kaiser’s heir during First World War. Items like this were commonly found in houses throughout Germany during this time, so they are not rare. But it still was a reminder of this terrible time in history.
She also discovered a serious of postcards and letters in the chest. While this letter is nothing that would interest the average person, the stamp is. The letter features a Nazi government stamp. Those who lived in Germany during this period of time were constantly being watched. The stamp was placed on all incoming and outgoing letters to remind Germans that the Nazis were watching.
Lastly, she found a postcard from the First World War. The post card shows a soldier and nurse kissing, reminding her that while this time period was horrific, there was also a lot of normal, loving people just trying to live their lives the best way that they could.
While it may seem rare to inherit a box of personal items containing books and relics from the war, it is not. Many other people have found similar items in boxes, chests and safes that they have inherited from family members over the years.
If you are ever left a chest or safe from a loved one, have fun unveiling the treasures that may be contained inside.