Die Glocke (pronounced [diː ˈɡlɔkə], German for "The Bell") was a purported top secret Nazi scientific technological device, secret weapon, or Wunderwaffe. First described by Polish journalist and author Igor Witkowski in Prawda o Wunderwaffe (2000), it was later popularized by military journalist and author Nick Cook as well as by writers such as Joseph P. Farrell and others who associate it with Nazi occultism and antigravity or free energy research.
According to Patrick Kiger writing in National Geographic magazine, 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" or Wunderwaffen. Mainstream reviewers such as former aerospace scientist David Myhra express skepticism that such a device ever actually existed.
Discussion of Die Glocke originated in the works of Igor Witkowski. His 2000 Polish language book Prawda O Wunderwaffe (The Truth About The Wonder Weapon, reprinted in German as Die Wahrheit über die Wunderwaffe), refers to it as "The Nazi-Bell". Witkowski wrote that he first discovered the existence of Die Glocke by reading transcripts from an interrogation of former Nazi SS Officer Jakob Sporrenberg. According to Witkowski, he was shown the allegedly classified transcripts in August 1997 by an unnamed Polish intelligence contact who said he had access to Polish government documents regarding Nazi secret weapons. Witkowski maintains that he was only allowed to transcribe the documents and was not allowed to make any copies. Although no evidence of the veracity of Witkowski's statements has been produced, they reached a wider audience when they were retold by British author Nick Cook, who added his own views to Witkowski's statements in The Hunt for Zero Point.
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 nine feet wide and 12 to 15 feet high, having a shape similar to that of a large bell. According to 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. Based upon certain external indications, 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 a test rig for an experiment in "anti-gravity propulsion" generated with Die Glocke; others[who?], 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 and describes stories alleging that a concave mirror on top of the device provided the ability to see "images from the past" during its operation. 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. This last theory was dramatized in 2009 by The Discovery Channel and again in 2011 by The History Channel's Ancient Aliens series.
In popular culture
The books Black Order by James Rollins, 2005, Swastika by Michael Slade, 2005, The Shadow Project by Scott Mariani, 2010, Echo of the Reich by James Becker, 2012 and Der Trojaner by Eric Verna, 2013 have Die Glocke as their central theme.
The horror/action movie Outpost, in which a group of mercenaries are hired to retrieve "The Bell" from an abandoned bunker.
Die Glocke also makes an appearance in several video games, most notably the series Call of Duty.
- Kiger, Patrick J. "Nazi Secret Weapons". National Geographic. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
- Cook 2001, p. 267
- Farrell 2006
- Kleiner, Kurt (January 5, 2011). ""The Hunt for Zero Point" by Nick Cook". Salon.com. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
- Stevens 2007, p. 249
- Cook 2001, p. 192
- Cook 2001, p. 193
- Cook 2005, UFO's: The Secret Evidence telecast
- Farrell 2007
- Stevens 2007, p. 250
- Stevens 2007, p. 251-252, 255
- Farrell 2004, p. 335
- Cook, Nick (2001). The Hunt for Zero Point: Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology. Century. ISBN 978-0-09-941498-8.
- Cook, Nick (Writer) (2005). UFO's: The Secret Evidence. Oxford Film & Television Production/Channel 4.
- Cook, Nick (Writer/Narrator) (2006). An Alien History of Planet Earth. History Channel.
- Farrell, Dr. Joseph P. (2004). Reich of the Black Sun: Nazi Secret Weapons and the Cold War Allied Legend. Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 1-931882-39-8.
- Farrell, Dr. Joseph P. (2006). The SS Brotherhood of the Bell: The Nazi's Incredible Secret Technology. Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 1-931882-61-4.
- Kleiner, Kurt (August 5, 2002). ""The Hunt for Zero Point" by Nick Cook". Salon.
- Stevens, Henry (2007). Hitler's Suppressed and Still-Secret Weapons, Science and Technology. Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 1-931882-73-8.
In chronological order:
- Witkowski, Igor ((2000)). Prawda O Wunderwaffe (in Polish).
- Witkowski, Igor; Bruce Wenham (translator) (2003). The Truth about the Wunderwaffe. Books International Militaria. ISBN 83-88259-16-4.
- Stevens, Henry (2003). Hitler's Flying Saucers: A Guide to German Flying Discs of the Second World War. Books International Militaria.
- Farrell, Dr. Joseph P. (2008). Secrets of the Unified Field: The Philadelphia Experiment, the Nazi Bell, and the Discarded Theory. Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 1-931882-84-3.
- Marrs, Jim (2008). The Rise of the Fourth Reich. William Morrow & Company. ISBN 0-06-124558-5.
- Farrell, Dr. Joseph P. (April 2009). The Philosopher's Stone: Alchemy and the Secret Research for Exotic Matter. Feral House. ISBN 1-932595-40-6.
- Farrell, Dr. Joseph P. (15 March 2009). Nazi International: The Nazis' Postwar Plan to Control Finance, Conflict, Physics and Space. Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 1-931882-93-2.
- Cook, Nick (Narrator and Writer) (1999). Billion Dollar Secret. Discovery Channel.
- Cook, Nick (Researcher) (February 2005). "Area 51". Unsolved History. Episode 47. Discovery Channel.
- Nazi UFO Conspiracy. Discovery Channel. November 24, 2008.