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Nazi shipwreck could lead to Amber Room treasure


WARSAW Polish divers say they have found the wreck of a German Second World War ship which may help solve a decades- old mystery — the whereabout­s of the Amber Room, an ornate chamber from a tsarist palace in Russia that was looted by the Nazis.

Decorated with amber and gold, the Amber Room was part of the Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, but was last seen in Koenigsber­g, then a Baltic port city in Germany but now the Russian enclave of Kaliningra­d.

It was from Koenigsber­g that the Karlsruhe steamer set sail in 1945 with a heavy cargo, before being sunk by Soviet warplanes off the coast of Poland.

Divers from the Baltictech group say they have found the wreck of the Karlsruhe. “We have been looking for the wreckage since last year when we realized there could be the most interestin­g, undiscover­ed story lying at the bottom of the Baltic Sea,” diver Tomasz Stachura said in a statement.

“It is practicall­y intact. In its holds, we discovered military vehicles, porcelain and many crates with contents still unknown.”

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