A deathbed confession led two men to discover a Nazi gold train has been missing since the end of the Second World War. Speaking on Friday, a Polish official said he had seen imagery made by ground-penetrating radar that proved the discovery of an armored train missing in southwestern Poland since 1945.
Local lore says a German train filled with gold, gems and armaments went missing around the city of Walbrzych while it was fleeing the Red Army. Treasure-hunters have long-looked for the train without success.
During the war, the Germans built a system of underground tunnels in the mountainous region of Walbrzych and the city of Wroclaw, from where the train is believed to have departed. The area was German territory at the time, but became part of Poland when the war ended.
He said he was shown an image — albeit blurred — from a ground-penetrating radar that showed the shape of a train platform and cannons, and added he was “more than 99 percent certain that this train exists,” adding: “We will be 100 percent sure only when we find the train.”
The World Jewish Congress said that any gold, precious stones or other valuables that might be found could have been looted from Polish Jews by Nazi officials during the war and should be returned.
Walbrzych regional authorities will conduct the search, using military explosives’ experts, in a procedure that will take “weeks,” Zuchowski said.
A person who claimed he helped load the gold train in 1945 said in a “deathbed statement” the train is secured with explosives, Zuchowski said. The person, who was not identified, had also indicated the probable location of the train, he said.