Two men claim to have found a Nazi train filled with gold, gems, and guns in Poland, and say they'll unveil the location if they get 10 percent of the haul.
According to Sky News
, the men, one German, one Polish, have contacted their local authority in the southwestern city of Walbrzych via their lawyers, and officials are currently considering the deal.
"Lawyers, the army, the police and the fire brigade are dealing with this," said Marika Tokarska, an official at the Walbrzych district council. "The area has never been excavated before and we don't know what we might find."
"There are many details that give credence to the fact that the train has been discovered," she added, Radio Poland reported
"The train contains valuable objects, costly industrial materials and precious metal ores" the men claimed in their proposal.
As legend has it, the Nazi train was allegedly loaded up in the German city of Breslau, which is now a part of Poland called Wroclaw. The train supposedly entered a tunnel near a cliff-top mediaeval castle, however it never emerged, as the Soviet army approached on May 8, 1945, halting its progress.
When the Red Army came to town, ethnic Germans fled west to Germany's new boarders. The painter Raphael's "Portrait of a Young Man" is thought to have been raided from Poland's Czartoryski Museum by the Nazis, and remains missing to this day.
According to the BBC
, the train is thought to be 150 meters long, and could have as much as 300 tonnes of gold on board.
Some reports indicate that any excavation of the supposed treasure site will likely necessitate extreme caution and some technical expertise, as it could be rigged with mines or other explosives.
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