They couldn't hide the food, but they hid their gold as peasants traditionally do, burying it under the hearth or in the pigpen. For gold, too, had flowed back to Germany from the mass looting of an entire continent. Economists wondered at Germany's post-war miracle recovery, and I suspect it was driven in large part by the German people loosening their grip on their stolen gold. Great hoarders, the Hun.
Today of course they're buying gold, not looting it, and have driven the price up to record levels. The collapse of the Euro, and a devastating global financial crisis, have become real possibilities and the Hun is going into hoard mode. The Bundesbank is checking its contingency plan to go back to the Deutchmark, and security printers in Hamburg and Dresden may even as I type be banding and stacking pallets of new D-mark notes.
Neither the UK nor indeed the world will be unaffected by such a collapse, and the deep crisis we all feared in 2008 could well happen in 2010.