Die Glocke

Kecksburg UFO incident

Die Glocke (‘The Bell’) was a purported top secret Nazi scientific technological device, secret weapon, or ‘Wunderwaffe.’ First described by Polish journalist Igor Witkowski in 2000, it was later popularized by military journalist and author Nick Cook as well as by writers such as Joseph P. Farrell, who associates it with Nazi occultism and antigravity or free energy research.

According to Patrick Kiger writing in ‘National Geographic,’ Die Glocke has become a ‘popular subject of speculation’ and a following similar to science fiction fandom exists around it and other alleged Nazi ‘miracle weapons.’ Mainstream reviewers such as former aerospace scientist David Myhra express skepticism that such a device ever actually existed.

Allegedly an experiment carried out by Third Reich scientists working for the SS in a German facility known as ‘Der Riese’ (‘The Giant’) near the Wenceslaus mine and close to the Czech border, Die Glocke is described as being a device ‘made out of a hard, heavy metal’ approximately 9 feet wide and 12 to 15 feet high having a shape similar to that of a large bell. According to Nick Cook, this device ostensibly contained two counter-rotating cylinders which would be ‘filled with a mercury-like substance, violet in color. This metallic liquid was code-named ‘Xerum 525’ and was otherwise cautiously ‘stored in a tall thin thermos flask a meter high encased in lead.’¬†Additional substances said to be employed in the experiments, referred to as ‘Leichtmetall’ (‘light metal’), ‘included thorium and beryllium peroxides.’ Cook describes Die Glocke as emitting strong radiation when activated, an effect that supposedly led to the death of several unnamed scientists and various plant and animal test subjects. Witkowski states that the ruins of a metal framework in the vicinity of the Wenceslas mine (aesthetically dubbed ‘The Henge’) may have once served as test rig for an experiment in ‘anti-gravity propulsion’ generated with Die Glocke; others, however, dismiss the derelict structure as simply being a conventional industrial cooling tower.

Witkowski’s statements along with Cook’s views prompted further conjecture about the device from various American authors, including Joseph P. Farrell, Jim Marrs, and Henry Stevens. Farrell says that the device was considered so important to the Nazis that they killed 60 scientists that worked on the project and buried them in a mass grave. In his book, ‘Hitler’s Suppressed and Still-Secret Weapons, Science and Technology’ (2007), Stevens states that Die Glocke contained red mercury (a substances of uncertain composition purportedly used in the creation of nuclear bombs) and describes stories alleging that a concave mirror on top of the device provided the ability to see ‘images from the past.’ Witkowski stated that Die Glocke ended up in a ‘Nazi-friendly South American country.’ Cook, on the other hand, states that it was moved to the United States as part of a deal made with SS General Hans Kammler. Farrell stated that it was recovered as part of the Kecksburg UFO incident.

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