Hunt For Nazi Gold Train in Poland

 

The hunt for a missing Nazi gold train in southern Poland is continuing. While experts from Krakow University claim that no train has been found up to now, two explorers argue that have found the location of the mysterious train.

Geologists of the university used metal detectors and radar to examine the site.  They say that a tunnel may exist but there is no sign of a train. On the other side, two private explorers, a Polish construction company owner and a German geologist,  claim that they there is no doubt that the missing train exists.

The mysterious train went missing towards the end of World War II when Soviet soldiers were advancing towards Nazi Germany. The train left Wroclaw and headed for Walbryzch , about 60 km away. Adolf Hitler ordered bunkers and secret command centres to be set up in southwestern Poland. Thousands of prisoners are believed to have died  building tunnels for the Germans.

Historians think that the train may be filled with Nazi gold, weapons and valuable works of art that the Germans tried to hide towards the end of the war. According to rumours, other trains may also be trapped in underground tunnels.

 

The hunt for the missing train has sparked widespread interest. Reporters and TV crews from around the world have been pouring into the area to report about the events.

 

Nazi tunnel in Poland

One of the Nazi tunnels in southwestern Poland - Image: Przykuta

 

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