This beautiful house is located in the Czech Republic and is currently being used as a Kindergarten building. However, it used to be home to Rudi Schlatnner and his family. After World War II, the Schlatnner family was forced to leave Czechoslovakia as part of President Edvard Benes' order to expel all Germans from the country. Before they left, however, Rudi's father hid some of the family's possessions in the roof of the house.
In 2015, Rudi Schlatnner ”” now in his 80s ”” returned to his family home for the first time in over 70 years. He tapped each of the roof tiles with a small hammer, listening for a change in sound. Finally, Rudi found a small string attached to one of the boards. He pulled it.
It had been many years since the family had been evacuated, and construction had been done on the roof in the meantime, so there was a good chance that the Schlatnner family treasure was lost forever.
In fact, the shelves contained 70 separate packages, most of them wrapped neatly in paper and string. They had been sitting there for decades, completely untouched. It took over an hour to remove all of them. But what was inside?
As Rudi and the other discoverers began unwrapping the packages, they found a unique set of treasures. Rather than containing money or other more traditional valuables, the packages were filled with everyday items from a bygone era.
The treasure trove also contained books that Rudi and his family had read when he was growing up in the house. According to the historians who are cataloging the finds, everything was kept in very good condition while hidden in the roof.
Although the items found in the roof don't have much monetary value, they are very historically valuable. Most German families who were driven out of Czechoslovakia did not have time to hide their possessions like Rudi's father did, so the fact that something even as basic as pairs of socks still exists so many years later is quite surprising.
Other objects from the hiding spot in the roof, such as the bottles of ink seen here, provide a further glimpse into the everyday lives of Rudi and his family. Also hidden among the packages were painting by the painter Josef Stegl, who apparently also lived in the house during World War II.
Due to the circumstances that caused Rudi and his family to flee Czechoslovakia, the items that were found in the attic technically belong to the Czech government. However, Rudi is apparently not at all bitter about the fact that he is as yet unable to reclaim his family's artifacts. Instead, he helped to identify each object as it was removed from its decades-old hiding place.