Dr. K. speaks of the origins of his wealth:
“How many bars?” asked Lou.
“When we finally got through with all the red-tape and actually
got in to see it, we counted 54 bars”, Bonner said.
“Where did he get it all from?” Brian asked.
Dr. K. emptied his glass and placed it down on the table before
him. Still looking down at it he began to slowly rotate the empty glass
with the thumb and index finger of his right hand. “Dad served under
Patton, in the Third Army. He was there, in April 1945, when they
rolled into the village of Merkers. He was in the CIC, a counter
intelligence unit. Some of the locals, he talked to, let on that the Nazi’s
had been very busy at a potassium mine nearby. They found sacks
and sacks of money, coins and in a vault, thousands of bars of gold
bullion, when they checked out the mine.”
“He pinched the bars?” Brian said.
Dr. K. stopped turning the glass and looked up at Brian. Before
he spoke, Bonner interjected, “The gold bars that we saw in the safe
deposit room in Zurich, were without any identifying marks. The
gold found in Merkers was from the Reichsbank and had been moved
out of Berlin. Those bars had identifying marks.”