Local officials and a treasure hunter appeared on national TV Friday to shed more light on the search for Nazi gold in the hills of Lower Silesia, Poland.
Treasure hunter Krzyszof Szpakowski gave a presentation to reporters which included maps, diagrams and radar imaging that suggested that a secret underground network of tunnels had been found.
These tunnels supposedly form part of the Riese Project (riese meaning "giant" in German). This was a construction project in Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1945 which was made using the labor of prisoners of war and prisoners of concentration camps.
Szpakowski spoke of two secret railway tunnels near Walim, southwest Poland, which he said would need explosive experts with professional equipment in order to safely gain entrance.
He also suggested that there could be three trains from World War II within these tunnels. However, he was did not disclose any further detail on on whether the Nazi-era vehicles could contain gold.
"I won't tell you we'll find a chamber full of amber or that there's a gold train. All we know well is that three trains left Wroclaw (Poland), two armored and another carrying deposits." he said at the press conference.
"There's no doubt that it's an armored train, but the rest of it is still a load of Chinese whispers," he added.
Officials for the Walbrzych District Council, speaking at the same press conference, said they had no doubt that something was down in the structures. They stated that they would work as fast as possible to discover, using radar, the layout and inspect inside these structures.
A cross-section radar image of the tunnel, unveiled at the press conference, showed an object that looked like a barrel or canister.
Several parts of the underground Riese Project have already been found but this latest find comes amid the search for a long-lost Nazi train from World War II in the nearby area. The search has attracted a wave of treasure-hunters and journalists to Poland after two men claimed in mid-August that they knew of the whereabouts of one of these trains.
On Wednesday, the council stated that it had received notification on the location of a "railway tunnel with a multi-level complex of underground corridors from the days of World War II." However, it had remained tightlipped on giving further information until Friday's press conference.
It was originally claimed in August that a hidden Nazi gold train had a possible hoard of some 300 tons of gold, precious stones and Nazi firearms. Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper, the two treasure hunters, even gave up their anonymity and appeared on national TV in a bid to dispel critics that believed that it is a hoax.
A number of trains are believed to have been used by the Nazis in the 1940s to transport goods stolen from people in eastern Europe back to Berlin. While some might have made it to the German capital, others are believed to have been left behind as the Soviet troops advanced in 1945.
The treasure hunt originally began near Ksiaz castle, 77 kilometers southeast of the Polish town of Wroclaw. However, this new tunnel is reported to be near the village of Walim, 14 kilometers southeast of the castle.
The Polish military have urged caution in the search for the Nazi gold train, according to the Associated Press, and has said the area needs to be cleared of trees before a proper search can begin. This comes as the Gazeta Wroclawska reported Wednesday that a 39-year-old man had died after trying to enter a tomb in a cemetery in nearby Swiebodzice - claiming that he may have been attracted by the spate of gold hunting in the area.
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