He said he was shown an image – albeit blurred – from a ground-penetrating radar that showed the shape of a train platform and cannons, and added he was “more than 99 percent certain that this train exists”.
Agent Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said pictures seemed to demonstrate a train furnished with firearm turrets. The Guardianrecounts 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.
But a claim by two treasure hunters last week to have located an armored train through ground-penetrating radar has swept the story from myth to giddy expectation after a top Polish cultural official’s declaration of virtual certainty on the train’s existence and the Warsaw government’s plan to collaborate with the purported finders.
Zuchowski said the two men were made aware of the possible discovery by a man who drew them a map while on his death bed, NBC News reported. The tunnel was later closed and its location forgotten.
Friday’s revelations elicited a response from the World Jewish Congress (WJC) regarding the mystery contents of the train. The person, who was not identified, had also indicated the probable location of the train, he said.
“To the extent that any items now being discovered in Poland may have been stolen from Jews before they were sent to death, concentration or forced labor camps, it is essential that every measure is taken to return the property to its rightful owners or to their heirs”.
Any plunder available on a Nazi educate hidden in Poland ever since World War Two ought to be back to their personal equitable hold, the World Jewish Congress said on Friday.
“There is probably military equipment but also jewelry, works of art and archive documents which we knew existed but never found”, he said.
Local legend says the train contains gold, precious stones, art and weapons.
“There is a huge probability that the train is mined”, he said in a statement. In an announcement not long ago, Mr Zuchowski cautioned people in general to quit looking for the train until authority systems to secure the find were finished.