Poland treasure hunters ‘expelled from local history society’

September 8, 2015 5:57 am

 The
two treasure hunters claim to have found the armoured German train in a
secret tunnel near the Polish town of Walbrzych, which was part of
Germany until the war’s end. Photo / Getty Images

Two men claiming to have found a Nazi gold train in southern
have been expelled from a local history society because the group was
“outraged” the men had claimed the train for themselves.
The
Lower Silesian Study Group took action against Piotr Koper, who was the
society’s vice president, and Andreas Richter amid a welter of debate
and rumour surrounding the two men’s claim to have found a legendary
Nazi train that disappeared in May 1945 with cargo of gold.
One
of the leading history societies in south-west Poland, the study group
and its members have been at the forefront of research into the area’s
wartime past and archaeology.
The two treasure hunters claim to
have found the armoured German train in a secret tunnel near the Polish
town of Walbrzych, which was part of Germany until the war’s end.

Although the contents of the train are unknown they have claimed a finder’s fee of 10 per cent of the value of the find.
“We
are outraged that all the rights to the find have been claimed by these
two men,” the society said in a statement. The society said it not been
informed of the train’s apparent discovery until August 31.
In
response Mr Koper and Mr Richter issued a statement expressing their
“regret” they had not been informed about the meeting on their expulsion
and claimed that “personal interests had got in the way of common
sense”.
Their expulsion came as the Polish Army concluded an
initial inspection of the site, and a report on its findings is due to
be presented to the country’s Defence Ministry.
“We will act
professionally and calmly,” said Tomasz Siemoniak, the Polish Defence
Minister when questioned about the train by journalists. “We will also
keep the public informed.
“At the moment it is too early to say
what steps will be taken next,” he continued, adding “I don’t know if
there is a train there.”

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