Sunday 22 April 2018

Treasure hunters search for Nazi gold train

Ksiaz Castle, in Walbrzych, Poland, the site of the ‘gold rush’
Ksiaz Castle, in Walbrzych, Poland, the site of the ‘gold rush’

Monika Scislowska in Warsaw

Polish authorities have blocked off a wooded area near a railroad track after scores of treasure hunters swarmed southwestern Poland looking for an alleged Nazi gold train.

The city of Walbrzych and its surrounding wooded hills are experiencing a gold rush after two men, a Pole and a German, informed authorities through their lawyers that they had found a Nazi train with armaments and valuables that went missing in the spring of 1945.

Inspired by a local legend since World War Two, people with metal detectors and ground-penetrating equipment are combing the area and its still-used railway tracks. Some of them have arrived from Germany.

The gold fever intensified after deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said last week that he had seen contours of the train on an image from a ground- penetrating device.

The alleged site is somewhere between the 61st and the 65th kilometre of the tracks between Walbrzych and Wroclaw.

Provincial governor Tomasz Smolarz said that police, city and railway guards were now patrolling the area and blocking treasure hunters to prevent any accidents with trains running on the tracks.

A police spokesman said: "Half of Walbrzych's residents and other people are going treasure hunting or just for walks to see the site. We are worried for their security."

A man taking a selfie on the tracks reportedly narrowly missed being hit.

Mr Smolarz is also asking the military to examine the site with earth-penetrating equipment to look for any hidden train.

Irish Independent

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