Eva Braun’s ‘panties’ up for sale in US

A thrift shop in Ohio claim they have the authentic underwear of Adolf Hitler's wife Eva Braun. The asking price? $7,500.

Eva Braun's 'panties' up for sale in US
Adolf Hitler with wife Eva Braun. Photo: DPA.

The high-waisted, salmon-colored, lace-trimmed French silk underwear are on display in a glass case at the Mantiques shop in Elmore, Ohio, listed at a price of $7,500, according to The Daily Beast.

Embroidered with the initials “EB”, the undergarment is reported to have belonged to Hitler's wife Eva Braun, says the shop's owner.

“They’re first rate: the fabric, embroidery and monogramming, the sewing of the button,” manager Ernie Scarango told The Daily Beast. “Not everyone has Eva Braun’s underwear.”

Scarango said he was tipped off about the existence of the lingerie ten years ago and decided it would make a nice “conversation piece” for the store.

An auction was selling off hundreds of silverware, watercolour paintings by Hitler and other personal items that had supposedly been taken by Allied soldiers when they captured the Nazi party “Eagle's Nest” headquarters and Hitler's Berghof residence in the Bavarian Alps, Scarango was told.

The man who had acquired the knickers for the auction was Charles Snyder, a retired Air Force major who served in both Vietnam and Korea and owns his own online military memorabilia shop, Snyder's Treasures.

Snyder said that years ago, he had met a man named D.C. Watts, who told Snyder he had been in the 1945 liberation of the Nazi headquarters with the 506th Infantry. Watts told Snyder that he and a friend found a series of tunnels under Hitler's home leading to a hotel with boxes and boxes of Hitler and Braun's possessions and shipped them to the US.

Snyder eventually purchased all of the contents within those trunks, including many pieces of Braun's lingerie.

Whether the panties actually belonged to Braun is still up for debate. And Scarango told The Daily Beast that even if someone buys the story, it probably wouldn't be enough to actually buy the underwear.

“They’ll stick ’em in my casket when I die,” he said. “Are you kidding me? Who’s going to spend $7,500 for a pair of Nazi panties? If someone offered me the asking price of course I’d sell, and then I’d take them upstairs and make breakfast for them.”


Why Swiss scientists are asking people to bury underwear?

Digging a hole in the soil and hiding knickers under ground along with tea bags — yes, tea bags — may seem like a bizarre ritual. But in Switzerland, it is all done in the name of science.

Why Swiss scientists are asking people to bury underwear?
From drying line to under ground. Photo by Karolina Grabowska/ Pexels

As is often the case in Switzerland’s grass-roots democracy, citizen participation is needed to carry out the project, launched on Wednesday by the Agroscope research institute along with the University of Zurich.

One thousand volunteers from all over the country will receive two pairs of cotton underwear and six tea bags, which they will have to bury it in a field, meadow or garden.

After two months, the garment will be dug up and its condition assessed to determine the quality of the soil.

Advanced decomposition, researchers say, will prove that active organisms are living in the soil, which means it is healthy.

Briefs have been used by farmers for several years as an indicators of soil health.

“But so far no one has verified that this method also meets scientific standards,” said project director Marcel van der Heijden, ecologist at Agroscope and the University of Zurich.

But why tea bags?

The so-called “Tea Bag Index”, which is apparently a well-known phenomenon in soil research, will show long it takes for different types of tea to decompose.

As for the undies, the first experiment of this type carried out in 2019 at the Agroscope station in Zurich had shown that, in most cases, only the elastic band remains intact after two months.

The rest is devoured by earthworms, woodlice, bacteria, fungi, mites and other microorganisms lurking under ground. And that is a sign that Switzerland’s soil is in great shape.

If you would like to volunteer to be a local soil tester, you can order your underwear-and-tea kit here.