Polish Military Begins Search for Fabled Nazi ‘Gold Train’

Poland said Tuesday it would deploy the military to look for an alleged Nazi "gold train" that sparked global fascination after two anonymous treasure hunters claimed they have pinpointed where it is buried.

"The defense minister decided to send technical equipment to search the area in order to determine whether a train actually exists," Defense Ministry spokesman Jacek Sonta told AFP.

"The army is acting at the request of the governor of the region concerned," he added.

On Monday Tomasz Smolarz, governor of the southwestern region of Lower Silesia, said it was "impossible to claim that such a find actually exists at the location indicated based on the documents that have been submitted."

This comes just days after a senior culture ministry official said on Friday he was "more than 99 percent sure" an armored railway carriage had been found based on ground-penetrating radar images.

But according to Smolarz no such images had been submitted to authorities.

Police blocked off the presumed location of the train along a stretch of active railway tracks on Monday in a bid to prevent accidents as a curious public swamps the area near the city of Walbrych.

A Polish NGO also filed a complaint with state prosecutors on Monday against the culture ministry official, for unfounded claims about the existence of the train that have lead to considerable public funds being wasted on securing the area concerned.

Global media have become fascinated by the prospect of a railway car full of jewels and gold stolen by the Nazis after the two men – a German and a Pole – claimed to have found an armored train car containing valuables, precious metals and industrial materials.

The World Jewish Congress has asked that any valuables found that once belonged to victims of the Holocaust should be returned to their owners or heirs.

AFP contributed to this report.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200183

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