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Hunt for Nazi Gold Train Now Involves Polish Army

Military hopes to confirm there's actually a train to be found

(Newser) - The Polish army, including an explosives unit, will join scores of treasure hunters in the search for the rumored Nazi gold train apparently buried somewhere below Walbrzych . A government rep says the governor of the area asked for help, and "the defense minister decided to send technical equipment to... More »

Nazi Train Town's New Fear: Gold Hunters Getting Killed

People in the city of Walbrzych have been walking on in-use train tracks

(Newser) - Polish authorities have blocked off a wooded area near a railroad track after scores of treasure hunters swarmed southwest Poland looking for an alleged Nazi gold train . The city of Walbrzych and its surrounding wooded hills are experiencing a gold rush after two men, a Pole and a German, informed... More »

Polish Officials: Nazi-Train Hunters Found 'Something'

Walbrzych officials say a military train has been found

(Newser) - Polish officials say a military train has been discovered in Walbrzych, but it's not yet clear if it's the famed Nazi gold train rumored to have vanished in southwest Poland in 1945. Walbrzych "is full of mysterious stories because of its history," says Zygmunt Nowaczyk, the... More »

WWII Bomber, Crew Emerge From Polish River

Soviet plane went down in tributary of Bzura River in 1945

(Newser) - The remains of a Soviet fighter-bomber plane and two crew members shot down by Germans in 1945 have been found in a river in central Poland amid extremely low water levels associated with a drought. Explorers made the find in the muddy tributary of the Bzura River, near the village... More »

Czechs to Give Back 1.42 Square Miles to Poland

Wall Street Journal reports on weird border issue

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal relays progress on one of the strangest and slowest-moving border issues you'll ever encounter. It seems that the Czech Republic owes Poland 909 acres, or 1.42 square miles, and plans to pay up. The land debt goes back to the late 1950s, when the... More »

Poland's CIA Rendition Payout Doesn't Go Over Well

Many feel they're being punished for American wrongdoing

(Newser) - Poland is paying $260,000 to two terror suspects allegedly tortured by the CIA in a secret facility in the country—prompting outrage among many there who feel they're being punished for American wrongdoing. The European Court of Human Rights imposed the penalty against Poland, setting a Saturday deadline.... More »

Poland Outraged by FBI Chief's Holocaust Remarks

He listed Poles alongside Germans as 'murderers and accomplices'

(Newser) - Angry Polish leaders have demanded an apology from the US ambassador after some ill-judged remarks on the Holocaust from FBI Director James Comey. "In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn't do something evil," Comey... More »

Roman Polanski Faces New Hearing

Poland to decide on US request to extradite fugitive director

(Newser) - The US is still trying to extradite Roman Polanski from Poland, and the 81-year-old director will attend a hearing on the matter next Wednesday, his lawyer said today. Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old in 1977 but fled the US after serving 42 days in a plea... More »

Survivors Mark 70 Years Since Auschwitz Liberation

World leaders join some 300 at death camp ceremony

(Newser) - Seventy years to the day since the liberation of Auschwitz, some 300 survivors gathered at the infamous Nazi death camp to reflect on the occasion. Candles are being lit at the execution site known as the Death Wall as world leaders attend a ceremony this afternoon. It could be the... More »

At Auschwitz Ceremony: Grandson of Nazi Boss

Survivors to mark 70th anniversary of liberation on Holocaust Remembrance Day

(Newser) - Tomorrow, survivors will mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and among the speakers will be Rainer Hoess, the grandson of the camp's infamous commandant Rudolf Hoess. The younger Hoess has devoted his life to educating people about the horrors his grandfather perpetrated. "I know my... More »

Kremlin: Poland Dissed Putin With No Auschwitz Invite

Organizers say no one was specifically invited

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin will not travel to a ceremony in Poland marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp because he hasn't been invited by the hosts, the Kremlin said today. Putin's spokesman was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying that the... More »

Archaeologists Exhume Thousands of Nazi Victims

Soldiers' remains will be given proper burial in Poland

(Newser) - Over the course of six weeks, archaeologists have exhumed the remains of an estimated 3,000 men from eight mass graves in southeastern Poland—bones belonging to nearly-impossible-to-identify soldiers who were victims of the Nazis. The Soviet and Italian troops were interned in a German stalag near the city of... More »

Polish Leaders: We OK'd Secret Prisons, Not Torture

US just asked for a 'quiet site' to 'obtain info,' they say

(Newser) - After years of denials, two former Polish leaders acknowledged yesterday that they had allowed a secret CIA prison to operate on their territory, but they insisted they never authorized the harsh treatment or torture of its inmates. Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former Prime Minister Leszek Miller spoke to... More »

Boy Survives After Body Temp Plunges to 55 Degrees

Doctors are calling it a miracle

(Newser) - "It’s the only case of its kind in the world," says a doctor at a Polish children's hospital. "The child has come back to the world of the living." Krakow doctor Janusz Skalski is talking about little Adas (also reported as Adam), a 2-year-old... More »

Identity of Polish 'Vampires' Revealed

They were likely local cholera victims buried with sickles at throats

(Newser) - To make sure certain people didn't rise from the grave to feast on the living, villagers in 17th- and 18th-century Poland buried them with sickles across their throats or rocks in their jaws, and researchers think they now know why. According to a study published in PLoS ONE , the... More »

Thief Makes Off With Holocaust Victims' Shoes

Cops probing theft at Majdanek camp

(Newser) - Director James Cameron made it to the world's deepest spot a couple of years ago, but a thief in Poland has found a way to sink even lower: stealing the shoes of people murdered by the Nazis 70 years ago. Police say at least eight shoes were stolen from... More »

Town Opposes 'Hermaphrodite' Winnie the Pooh

Poland's Tuszyn won't name playground after character

(Newser) - Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie the Pooh—because of the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing. The matter was debated in a closed-door meeting weeks ago in the central Polish town of Tuszyn, but didn't get much media... More »

Woman Wakes Up in Morgue After 11 Hours

Janina Kolkiewicz then warms up with a bowl of soup

(Newser) - Another in the grand tradition of people waking up from the not-so-dead: A 91-year-old woman in Poland startled morgue workers by moving around after what the BBC reports was 11 hours in "cold storage." A doctor had declared Janina Kolkiewicz dead after the woman's niece noticed that... More »

US Once Again Looking to Extradite Roman Polanski

This time from Poland, it seems

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski at the request of US prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor. Boguslawa Marcinkowska, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors in Krakow, said today the filmmaker remained free but available for further proceedings. Mateusz Martyniuk,... More »

In Historic Shift, Poland to Move Troops East

Country's defense minister cites Ukraine conflict

(Newser) - Poland will move thousands of troops toward its eastern borders in a historic realignment of a military structure built in the Cold War, the country's defense minister tells the AP. Tomasz Siemoniak says the troops are needed in the east because of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine: "The... More »

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