The Courier-Mail

Mys­tery of the ghost train

Radar im­age gives hope for Nazi trea­sure find

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WAR­SAW: Seventy years since the Third Re­ich was con­sumed in blood and fire, the hunt is on for the loot the Nazis left be­hind.

The re­ported dis­cov­ery by two trea­sure hun­ters of a leg­endary Nazi “ghost train” packed with gold and money and hid­den in a long-for­got­ten tun­nel in the Pol­ish moun­tains will only serve to fuel what has be­come an ob­ses­sion for many Ger­mans.

The hun­ters claim they have un­cov­ered the train, packed with guns and gems, which the Nazis hid from the ad­vanc­ing Soviet Red Army.

Leg­end has it that the Ger­mans hid their trea­sures to help flee­ing war crim­i­nals es­cape and set up new lives at the end of World War II.

Adding to the in­trigue is the re­cent find of a $24,000 gold bar in a lake near Hitler’s moun­tain hide­away in Berch- tes­gaden, high in the Bavar­ian moun­tains.

The in­got was not from the Nazi era, but that mat­ters lit­tle to the for­tune hun­ters who now use state-of-the-art equip­ment in their quest for the bil­lions of dol­lars worth of art, gold and jew­ellery.

They plunge into lakes like the ice-cold To­plitz in neigh­bour­ing Aus­tria, where seven peo­ple have drowned dur­ing the past few years, although of­fi­cials be­lieve the real death toll among illegal divers seek­ing Re­ichs­bank gold is far higher.

Last month two men – a Pole and a Ger­man – claimed to have dis­cov­ered the le leg­endary Nazi “gold train”, a 150m-long Ger­man train al­leged to be full of gold, gems a and weapons.

The train dis­ap­peared just be­fore the end of World War II in the prox­im­ity of the Pol­ish town of Wal­brzych, close t to where the Nazis are said to have loaded it up with valu­ables for its fi­nal voy­age in the town of Wro­claw.

It is thought the train may even con­tain the leg­endary Am­ber Room, a se­ries of pan­els that lined a cham­ber in the Cather­ine Palace out­side St Peters­burg in Rus­sia.

The Rus­sians have re­built it since, but it re­mains one of the most valu­able pieces looted dur­ing the war.

The train is said to have been en­tombed in the vast tun­nel labyrinth close to Ksiaz castle, which served as Nazi head­quar­ters.

While many were scep­ti­cal that the mys­ti­cal Nazi trea­sure train had been fi­nally dis­cov­ered af­ter many years of search­ing, an of­fi­cial up­date by the Pol­ish Gov­ern­ment sug­gested that may in­deed be the case.

Poland’s Deputy Cul­ture Min­is­ter Piotr Zu­chowski said the man who helped hide the train re­vealed its lo­ca­tion shortly be­fore he died.

“In­for­ma­tion about where this train is and what its con­tents are was re­vealed on the deathbed of a per­son who had knowl­edge of the se­cret of this train,” Mr Zu­chowski said. “I am more than 99 per cent cer­tain the train ex­ists.’’

He said that Pol­ish author­i­ties had now seen ev­i­dence of the train’s ex­is­tence in a pic­ture taken us­ing a ground­pen­e­trat­ing radar.

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 ?? Pic­tures: AFP/AP ?? RAIL TRAIL: A tun­nel un­der the Ksiaz castle in Poland; the re­stored Am­ber Room.
Pic­tures: AFP/AP RAIL TRAIL: A tun­nel un­der the Ksiaz castle in Poland; the re­stored Am­ber Room.

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