A Nazi "gold train" has been found, according to the Guardian. The train went missing at the end of World War II, and it has become the source of myth and legend in the area near its disappearance. However, that train may now have been found, and the treasure of gold, gems, and more is still possibly inside it.
Reports reveal that two treasure hunters have filed a claim stating that that they have found a 500-foot-long train with treasure inside it. However, Yahoo News UK reports that the two men will not reveal the exact location of their find.
Why are they keeping the location of the Nazi "gold train" a secret?
The two treasure hunters want to make sure that they receive the 10% finder's fee involved for making the discovery. According to the Telegraph, it is under Polish law that the treasure hunters are entitled to the fee.
There is an interesting story behind the "ghost train" though. The missing train has become a part of local legend in the area. The legend states that the train entered a tunnel in what was then Germany, and it never exited the tunnel. The Guardian revealed more about the train's history.
"Local news reports said the train in question went missing in 1945, packed with loot from the-then eastern German city of Breslau, now called Wrocław and part of Poland, as the Red Army closed in at the end of the Second World War. One local media report said the train was armored and belonged to the Wehrmacht, Nazi Germany's military machine. Radio Wrocław cited local folklore as saying the train entered a tunnel near Książ castle in the mountainous Lower Silesian region and never emerged."At the time of its disappearance, the 495-foot train was loaded with guns, equipment, gold, and other items of valuable treasure. There are some skeptics that feel the train never existed.
One local historian in Wroclaw has kept herself knowledgeable about the "ghost train" legend. Joanna Lamparska spoke with Radio Wroclaw about the potential discovery of the Nazi train.
"In the region we actually [have] two gold train stories. One is supposed to be under a mountain and the other somewhere around Walbrzych, but no one has ever seen documentary evidence confirming the existence of such trains."During the radio interview, she also revealed that others have searched for the train over the last 70 years, but the train has never been found. Has that now changed? Lamparska said that, "The legend has captured imaginations."
Where did the loot on the train come from? It is widely known that the Nazi's stole artwork and other valuable items from the homes of Jews they captured during World War II. These items are contained on the "ghost train."
Nazi Germans then hid their stashes loot to have for after they war. They wanted to assure that they had money to live off of once World War II ended. Some of the items were also intended for use by "werewolf" groups that intended to lie in wait for the rise of the Fourth Reich.
In recent years, efforts have been put in place to return the items stolen from the Jews during World War II. That has been helped by the discovery of more and more items that were looted during World War II. According to Daily Mail, two years ago a cache of 1 billion pounds in artwork was found in Munich.
Other treasure hunters face the possibility of death as they try to search for gold and more that is believed to be at the bottom of Toplitz Lake in Austria. At least seven treasure hunters have drowned in the lake, but the number is believed to be much hire. None of the treasure hunters have found the treasure they are looking for in the lake.
That is why this claim and possible find are causing so much interest. This one of the biggest mysteries of World War II. There are several other locations containing treasure though. Daily Mail detailed some of those locations.
"In the hills surrounding the eerie triangular-shaped castle of Wewelsburg near Paderborn the hunt is centered on S.S. jewellery worth an estimated £50million. S.S. overlord Heinrich Himmler used the castle as a Black Camelot for his knights-of-the-dark-side. As the Reich crumbled he abandoned Wewelsburg. Some 9,280 special S.S silver rings struck for his men, and returned on his orders to him after death, were stashed in a secret cave in the nearby hills. Further east, in what was the former German Democrat Republic, the Jonas Valley is the most dangerous of the hunting grounds and said to have it all: conspiracy theorists merely have to fill in their own fantasy. Adolf Hitler's atom bomb, the Amber Room stolen from a Czarist palace in the campaign against Russia, numerous lost art masterpieces and tonnes of Reichsbank gold - all are rumoured to reside in the miles of underground tunnels and bunkers carved out of the rock by slave labourers. The centre of the Jonas Valley is at Ohrdruf and was the site of the S-III Fuhrer headquarters. It was intended to be the Alamo of the Third Reich leadership."However, after 70 years, it is possible that someone else already found the train and took all the items contained inside for themselves.
Some Nazi stolen artwork has been returned to its rightful owners just this week. Artnet reported on Tuesday that a Hans Wertinger painting was returned to the heirs of Isaac Rosenbaum and Saemy Rosenberg. The heirs filed their claim asking for return of the painting in 2008. It is reported that the artwork has a value of five-figures.
The potential discovery of this "Nazi gold train" is not the only find causing excitement this month. A previous Inquisitr report shared about the potential find of Queen Nefertiti's tomb in Egypt. Her tomb has never been found, but it is possible that a high tech scan has led searchers to its location.
Nicholas Reeves spoke about the find.
"The implications are extraordinary. If digital appearance translates into physical reality, it seems we are now faced not merely with the prospect of a new, Tutankhamun-era store room to the west; to the north appears to be signaled a continuation of tomb KV62, and within these uncharted depths an earlier royal interment — that of Nefertiti herself, celebrated consort, co-regent, and eventual successor of pharaoh Akhenaten."Authorities have not moved forward with confirming that the location is indeed Queen Nefertiti's tomb.
What do you think of these possible discoveries? Would you want to investigate them for yourself?
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