Poland: Hunt for the 'Nazi gold train' continues in Walbrzych

Journalists and camera crews surrounded the area in which the alleged Nazi World War II-era 'gold train' is believed to be buried near Walbrzych, Friday, although the site has been blocked off to the public by authorities. The press were joined by Tadeusz Slowikowski, an 85-year-old Polish man who has spent forty years searching for the train after he was told about its exisitance by a German man whose life Slowikowski claims to have saved. In August, Polish Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said that a ground-penetrating radar had picked up images of an armoured World War II-era train buried near Walbrzych that may well contain a hoard of treasure. The fact the train appears to have gun turrets suggests it contained valuable cargo, he said, adding that he is 99 percent sure the train exists. The train is believed to have been hidden in the earth beneath a tunnel near Ksiaz Castle by the Nazis during their retreat from Poland in 1945. It is believed to have up to 300 tonnes of gold on board in addition to diamonds and gemstones. A survivor of the alleged mission to conceal the treasure revealed the location of the train shortly before his death, Zuchowski said. He also warned that the train could feature a booby-trap. Earlier in August two men of German and Polish citizenship sent a letter to local authorities, claiming they had discovered the train. They have reportedly requested a 10 percent cut of the goods once the hoard is found.