Two German treasure hunters, along with the help of the Polish Mining Academy, announced plans to search a Polish mountain for a long lost train though to contain treasures from World War II, including “gold, gems, and guns,” reports the International Business Times.
The treasure hunters, Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter, are going to use “thermo-cameras, geo-radar, and other advanced technology and tools” to look inside the mountain and determine the exact location and nature of the train. The train is thought to be located inside a multilevel underground complex.
In August, Koper and Richter announced that they had found a train and claimed to have negotiated a 10 percent finder’s fee of the value of whatever is found. The Polish Army has reportedly been clearing the area of brush and searching for possible bombs or other ordnance left undiscovered since the 1940s. Concerns that the train, which was suspected of being intentionally hidden, might be “booby-trapped” were voiced by Polish deputy minister, Piotr Zuchowski.
“I’m more than 99 percent sure such a train exists, but the nature of its contents is unverifiable at the moment,” Zuchowski was quoted in August.
Legends of the existence of a train in the area have been present since the end of World War II. Koper states that he first traveled to the area near Walbrzych, a Polish city located close to the Czech border, 13 years ago. People told him stories of a lost train full of gold and other treasure that he described as sounding like “fairy tales.”
Koper also admits to he and Richter having a certain amount of luck on their side, given that a local witness told them approximately where to look. The treasure hunter also cited the availability of advanced technologies, even to amateur treasure hunters, as making the search for the train simpler than it could have been.
“We already know, namely, that under the earth there is a train. We need three days of good weather to carry them out,” Koper was quoted. “Now that the area is cleared of scrub these studies will be much more accurate.”
Only “non-invasive” search techniques are permitted to be used, according to HNGN. That means that Koper and Richter aren’t allowed to drill holes, or dig for samples, or drop cameras down into shafts to attempt to see what is below the surface. Reportedly, the group is “not allowed to touch the ground.”
Artifacts from the Amber Room, an opulent room assembled in the Catherine Palace near Saint Petersburg, Russia, that was raided by the Nazis in 1941, according to the Daily Mail, are thought to possibly be included in the treasure. It reportedly took less than 36 hours for German soldiers to dismantle the room that had existed since 1701 when it was looted during their raids.
Koper states with certainly that he and Richter “know” that a train is located underneath in the mountain. The treasure hunters are now interested in trying to get a better picture of what’s inside it, and if it is actually the long lost Nazi treasure train.
Koper and Richter have stated that they may be able to publish findings of what sits beneath the surface of the mountain they are so interested in later this month. Since viewing evidence presented by the pair, the Polish government appears to have been supportive, providing permission to perform tests, as well as the support of the Polish military. Without such support, moves toward finding the train would appear to have been unlikely.
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