“Significant find” claimed by treasure hunters in Poland
The words “Nazi gold train” are a pretty strong combination, conjuring disturbing but also fascinating images.
The Nazis stole huge amounts of gold, antiques and artefacts from their victims, and according to legend, hid train-loads of cargo in secret subterranean tunnels deep under dense forests in Poland.
After the war ended, the tunnels were rapidly abandoned, and many were flooded or blown up and remain unexcavated.
But now, 70 years since the war ended, excitement is building after a “significant find” has been confirmed in southern Poland.
It is reportedly in the region of Walbrzych.
Zygmunt Nowaczyk, the mayor of Walbrzych, has confirmed a discovery, and said that he was contacted by lawyers on behalf of two men who say they made the find.
However, he added that the lawyers hadn’t offered any proof of what they claim the men have found.
The announcement comes just a week after Polish authorities held a crisis meeting about the dangers which treasure hunters may encounter while looking for hidden Nazi loot.
Jacek Cichura, the local governor in Walbrzych, said that a train such as the one alleged to have been found, could pose a risk to the public.
“If the gold train actually exists, then it is probably mined. There is also the possibility of methane,” he said.
The lawyer for the two men, Jaroslaw Chmielewski, said: “This is a find of world significance, on a par with [finding]the Titanic.”
According to the myth, the 500ft-long armour plated train may contain the gold fittings from the Amber Room of Frederick I of Prussia.
If such a train has been found, it would indeed be a monumental haul.
More news as we get it.