Walbrzych, Poland — Here’s a bit of news worth its weight in gold! It is believed that during the Second World War, the retreating Nazis hid most of their gold and treasures in a train hidden nine-meters underground near Walbrzych, so that they could not fall in the hands of the advancing Soviet army. A good 70 years later, people are digging in to look for the buried treasure.
A team of thirty-five people have set about to clear the land at the site of the railway track between Wroclaw and Walbrzych in southwestern Poland, in proximity to the border with the Czech Republic. On Friday, the project spokesman Andrzej Gaik said,
“We’ll dig down six meters (almost 20 feet) in three areas along a 100-meter stretch of the old railway tracks.”
The digging went underway on Tuesday.
The Nazi army made prisoners of war dig tunnels in the area near Ksiaz Castle. Later in 1945, when the Germans were on the defeat, they stashed the looted valuables in an underground train. In August 2015, treasure hunters, Andreas Richter (German) and Piotr Koper (Polish) made use of a radar to identify train carriages which they believe contained weapon prototypes. The train location, they claim, was based on the information given by a person who resided in Walbrzych at the time.
Koper and Richter said that the discovery led to many train carriages which measured a total of 98 meters, buried 9 meters underground. It is believed that by August 18, the team would get a clear idea if there is indeed treasure lying underground.
The claims of the “gold train” buried underground has been disputed by Professor Janusz Madej of Krakow’s AGH University of Science and Technology, who carried geo-radar, gravimetric, and magnetic studies to conclude there is no such evidence of a train buried below the ground. He did say that that though there is no train, there definitely may be a tunnel.
The act of digging for the train with gold valuables in it, will be streamed online. Gaik adds,
“Even if we find a tunnel, that’ll also be a success. The train could be hidden in it.”
After the Second World War ended, many ethnic Germans were removed from the area when the Soviet assumed control of Poland. By 1990, the area ceased being a military zone. Though many items, valuables and collectibles stolen under the Nazi regime were recovered by the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives program with help from US and western allies, there are still many items that are reported as missing.
Poland claims that the Nazis robbed more than 516,000 of the country’s art items which can collectively be priced at $20 billion (17.9 billion euros).