LONDON (TIP): Two treasure hunters have claimed to have found a mysterious Nazi train which had disappeared on its way to Germany from Hungary in 1945 carrying guns, gems and other valuable items, including paintings estimated to be worth up to $200 million.
A Pole and a German claim to have located the train and have sought 10% of the value of the findings.
The 150-metre-long armoured train is said to have gone missing near the then East German city of Breslau, now a Polish city named Wroclaw, as the Soviet army approached towards the end of the World War II. It is believed that the train entered a tunnel near Ksiaz Castle in the mountainous Lower Silesian region and never emerged. The tunnel was later closed and long forgotten.
Authorities in Walbrzych said they have been contacted by a law firm representing the duo. “Lawyers, the army, the police and the fire brigade are dealing with this. The area has never been excavated before and we don’t know what we might find,” Markia Tokarska, a Walbrzych council officer said.
Trains were used to spirit Nazi loot back to Berlin as US led Allied and Soviet forces surged towards the German capital in 1945. In the case of the “gold train”, Nazi forces sent 24 freight carriages from Budapest towards Germany , filled with family treasures, which included valuable paintings seized from Hungarian Jews.The train was intercepted by US soldiers, who, according to a later investigation, helped themselves to some of the loot.