Teen Unearths Milk Cans Holding WWII Heirlooms from Aristocratic Prussian Family

A teenager unexpectedly discovered a cache of World War II artifacts — including an officer’s uniform from the Wehrmacht, the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany — hidden in two milk cans buried by a lake in what is now northeastern Poland.

The cans also held a 70-year-old toothbrush, a pocket watch and a diary, according to Science in Poland.

The teen’s parents promptly reported the finding to authorities, who identified the heirlooms’ original owners: an aristocratic Prussian family headed by Count Hans Joachim von Finckenstein, who lived by the lake when it was a German province during World War II, according to Science in Poland.

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