Polish army checks site of alleged tunnel with Nazi train

September 30, 2015 10:39 am

 

During
the war, Walbrzych was still part of Germany. Called Waldenburg, it was
in an area where Adolf Hitler was building a system of secret
underground tunnels.

The Polish military on Monday deployed chemical, radiation and
explosives experts to a site in southwestern where a Nazi train
allegedly missing since World War II could be located.
Tomasz
Smolarz, the governor of Lower Silesia, said the aim of the work in the
town of Walbrzych is to exclude any danger for residents. He said the
experts will continue their technical checks through Saturday.
The
military’s efforts come after two explorers claimed to have found a
Nazi train trapped in a tunnel that they say could contain both
armaments and precious minerals. The explorers’ claim awaits
confirmation, but it has sparked hopes it could be a Nazi train laden
with treasure that local legend says went missing at the end of World
War II. The train was reportedly booby-trapped with weapons.
During
the war, Walbrzych was still part of Germany. Called Waldenburg, it was
in an area where Adolf Hitler was building a system of secret
underground tunnels.

The legend says the so-called “gold train” entered one of the
tunnels while fleeing the advancing Soviet army in 1945 and was never
seen again.
Though there’s no evidence the train even existed,
of the possible discovery has sparked global fascination in the
case and a local gold rush.
The two explorers, a German and a
Pole, say they used ground-penetrating radar to locate the train. The
men want a reward of 10 percent of the value of the train’s contents.
But
it’s not clear how things will turn out, even if a train is found. Last
week prosecutors said they were investigating whether the men committed
a crime by conducting a search with radar equipment without official
permission.

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