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What is the history behind Nazi Gold Train? Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Current News

Most of you probably heard about the Nazi Gold Train supposedly found in Poland recently…The mysterious train is a local legend that concerns a locomotive reckoned to be filled with gold, jewels and other treasures which was hidden by the Nazi during the end of World War II. They hid it there because the city was occupied by Germany before it was taken by Poland at the end of the war.

With the use of magnetic and gravitational equipment in order to analyse geophysical data, geology experts from University of Science and Technology in Kraków did some survey on the site in Wałbrzych, Southwestern Poland. Janusz Madej, head of the survey team, said that there is a possibility of a tunnel but they were unable to locate a train.


Image found on Daily Mail.com./Ed Wight article

However, these findings only involve one of the many places in Wałbrzych where Nazi military bases and related equipment were rumored to be situated and kept, which includes treasures and spoils of war such as the Nazi Gold Train. Historians also discovered that the Nazi created underground tunnels in the mountains during the war in order to carry out their military missions in a more covert manner. The history experts also reckoned these tunnel system are either used as secret hideouts or factories to manufacture weapons of war.

Earlier this year, an explorer Piotr Koper claimed that his geology equipment discovered traces at what could be the hidden Nazi train. His examinations were made prior to the ones done by the Polish geologists. Along with another explorer, Andreas Richter, Koper informed public officials of Wałbrzych that they located the legendary yet elusive locomotive in one of the tunnels near the city.

The town authorities then requested geology experts to investigate Koper and Richter’s claim to which the Polish geologists proclaimed that no such military train was found.

As of late December, no Nazi Gold Train nor traces of it was found at a site where such mystery train was said to be hidden.

Do you know the trues story behind the train?

It started in 1943 from Allies’ carpet bombing, when German leaders decided to move strategic military production to area out of Allies reach. They chose Sudety mountains, especially the Owl Mountains and started Project Riese (Project “Giant”) aimed at building a network of underground structures for uncertain purpose.
In summer 1944 Soviet army approached Wisła river line, directly threatening German native soil. Panicked Germans started massive evacuations of mostly stolen goods from Poland, Eastern Prussia and other countries. Many of these transports were directed to various destinations in Sudety mountains, including Riese complex. It led to several stories about Nazi treasures hidden in the mountains. Probably some of them are real, but there are also many urban legends. When you visit Sudety, locals will tell you that in every second underground tunnel there is Nazi treasure hidden. E.g. some believe Amber Room is also hidden in Sudety.

File photo of Russia's legendary Amber Room, back in place in the Catherine Palace outside St Petersburg after 20 years of painstaking reconstruction by  Russian craftsmen, May 13, 2003.  A German pensioner has started digging for the Amber Room, a priceless work of art looted by Nazis from the Soviet Union during World War Two that has been missing for 70 years, in the western Ruhr area but says he needs a new a drill to help him.  Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber made of amber panels given to Tsar Peter the Great by Prussia's Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716.German troops stole the treasure chamber from a palace in St Petersburg in 1941 and took it to Koenigsberg, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, before it disappeared. TO GO WITH STORY GERMANY-AMBER ROOM/     REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Amber Room, Photo found on http://www.angelfire.com/pa/ImperialRussian

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.