'Deathbed' Map Led to Site of Possible Nazi Gold Train

Man who allegedly helped bury it 70 years ago revealed secret before dying
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2015 7:29 AM CDT
'Deathbed' Map Led to Site of Possible Nazi Gold Train
The potenial site where a Nazi gold train is believed to be hidden, near the city of Walbrzych, Poland.   (AP Photo/Str)

Because the potential discovery of a long-lost "Nazi gold train" wasn't tantalizing enough: It turns out that the two men who say they've found it got the information from a deathbed confession. Poland's deputy culture minister explained yesterday that one of the men who allegedly helped hide the train in the waning days of World War II drew a map "on his deathbed," reports NBC News. The map pinpoints a spot near Walbrzych, Poland, where the train is supposedly buried. Based on ground-penetrating radar, the Polish government is now convinced that an armored train is indeed present at the undisclosed site, but whether it contains gold, jewels, and art looted by the Nazis remains to be seen.

"We do not know what is inside," says minister Piotr Zuchowski of the approximately 300-foot-long train. "Probably military materials, some kind of jewelry, art, and archives." Until an official dig can take place, Zuchowski is warning treasure hunters to stay away because there's a "huge probability that the train is mined." The Guardian recounts local lore that Nazis drove a treasure-packed train into a now-disused tunnel near a castle in Walbrzych as the Soviet army advanced, but decades of searches have yielded nothing. The two men who say they discovered the train, a Pole and a German, are asking for a 10% finder's fee. (Click to read about how two Nazi POWs escaped into the wilds of ... Minnestota.)

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