Car gifted by Hitler to Nepal king awaits new home

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{image-royal palace_16062008.jpg}London, June 16 : A Mercedes Benz car given to then Nepal King Tribhuvan by Adolf Hitler is among the more unlikely items that will fill a museum being established in the palace once occupied by the Hindu Kingdom's former royal family.

Govinda Prasad Kusum, a senior official who is preparing an inventory of the property of former king Gyanendra that is being turned over to the government, said that the vintage car ought to be displayed in the museum. "The car will be a major attraction there," The Independent quoted him, as saying. Meanwhile, some former royals allegedly tried to take away Daimler Benz, Hitler's gift to Nepal King, from the Narayanhiti Palace just a couple of days before former King Gyanendra Shah left the palace but were prevented from doing so.

"An attempt was made to take the Daimler Benz out of the palace in middle of the night last Sunday, but the bid was foiled after the security there did not allow a crane to enter the palace premises," the source said.

The 1939 model Mercedes-Benz was donated by the Nazi leader to King Tribhuvan, the grandfather of former king Gyanendra, the last of Nepal's monarchs.

Before it was brought inside the palace three years ago, the car was in the garage of Thapathali Engineering Campus and was being used for training mechanics, The Independent reported.

The car was manually carried to Nepal by scores of labourers for several days from Nepal's southern plains to Kathmandu in 1940, when there were no roads.

But after Tribhuvan's death in the 1950s, the car was left to gather dust in the premises of the Thapathali Engineering Campus.


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