Tag Archives: World War II

Episode 20 – Truth to Dust

Legend has it, that when the Jews of Prague were threatened by anti-Semitic violence, a great Rabbi, possessing the knowledge of alchemy and the Kabbalah, conjured up a golem to defend the city. For decades, most believed this was nothing more than a tall tale, until one night in 1938, when the Nazis marched into town…

Is there any truth to this fable? And if so, is the golem still sealed inside an attic somewhere, waiting for the right time to come alive?

Music by Kevin Macleod and MusOpen

Episode 19 – A Tale of Two Swords

The ancient chronicles of Japan speak of a sword called Kusanagi, an enchanted blade wielded by the gods and handed down to their descendants. Allegedly hidden in a shrine and only called upon during the Emperor’s coronation, its authenticity remains a topic of debate. Joining it in legendary status is the Honjo Masamune, often called the finest samurai sword ever crafted; current whereabouts unknown. In this lost artifact double feature, I try to figure out where the truth lies in legend.

Music by: PeriTune, Kevin MacLeod

Episode 18 – Werewolf

Warning: This episodes does not contain actual werewolves.

A lake. A train. A tragedy at sea. A message in a music score. This episode examines four mysteries surrounding the Nazi’s final ploy: the secreting of billions of assets, mostly in gold bullion and ingots, to fund a Nazi insurgency long after the war had ended.

Classical music provided by MusOpen

Treasures and Tyrants

Relic will be back in February 2018 with the last half of season 1! Until then, here’s a quick dive into our first season and its thematic arc. This will also serve as a first look towards our final stretch: the lost artifacts of World War II, and Hitler’s schemes to hoard all of the world’s treasures under one roof.

Episode 1 – Shattered Amber

The Amber Room was once considered the eighth wonder of the world, and a symbol of peace between two of Europe’s most powerful nations. A priceless chamber of wall-to-wall amber mosaics, furniture, and ornaments, it adorned a Russian palace for 300 years until the Nazis came along and ruined everything. Typical Nazis. Who was really responsible for the disappearance of the Amber Room, and is it still out there…waiting to be uncovered?

Theme song composed by Devin. All music in this episode is in the public domain and protected by common use law. Many of these tracks can be found on Musopen. Attributions are as follows:

Siegfried’s Funeral March – Composed by Richard Wagner and Performed by the United States Marine Band

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 – Composed by Beethoven and Performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Swan Lake Op.20 – Act I Intro – Composed by Tchaikovsky

Bolero – Composed by Maurice Ravel and Performed by Andre Rieu

The Planets, Op. 32 – I. Mars, the Bringer of War – Composed by Gustav Holst

Sentimental Waltz – Composed by Tchaikovsky

Nocturne in C – Composed by Chopin, performed by Diana Hughes

Different themes for piano and flute – IV. Russian air – Composed by Beethoven

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