Fact or fantasy? The two men behind claims that a Nazi train filled with loot has been found in Poland have spoken to media. Source: Supplied
TWO men have appeared on Polish TV saying they are the finders of a Nazi train said to be laden with gold — a claim that came as the Polish military inspected the alleged site in south-western Poland.
Identifying themselves as Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper, the men appeared on TVP.INFO. Contacted by The Associated Press by phone, Richter confirmed he had found the train.
Authorities in the south-western city of Walbrzych said last month that two men had contacted them through lawyers claiming they had found an armoured train that possibly contains valuables and weapons.
On official business … Polish military officials inspect a site linked to claims of a hidden World War II armored train, in Walbrzych, Poland. Source: AP Source: AP
The report sparked a gold rush around Walbrzych, where tales have circulated since World War II that the Nazis hid a train full of gold from the Soviet Army in early 1945.
“As the finders of a World War II armoured train, we, Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper, declare that we have legally informed state authorities about the find and have precisely indicated the location in the presence of Walbrzych authorities and the police,” Koper said, reading a statement on TV with Richter sitting at his side.
“We have irrefutable proof of its existence.”
Their knowledge is based on information from witnesses and on their own research, carried out with their own equipment, Koper said in his statement.
Armoured carriages … One of Nazi Germany’s heavily armed and armoured trains used to transport dignitaries, secret weapons and valuables. Source: Supplied
They claimed that a leak to the media was behind the public knowledge of their find.
Retired miner Tadeusz Slowikowski, the only living source of the train legend, confirmed to the AP that Koper and Richter had visited him saying they had located it and were going to report the find to the authorities. He had previously refused to identify them.
He said the site was near the 65th kilometre of railway tracks from Wroclaw to Walbrzych, near where he believes the train went missing and where he was searching in 2001 but only came across what he believed was the supporting wall of a tunnel.
TVP.INFO said the train is not in a tunnel, as previously believed, but buried in the ground. Koper said the two men are ready to cover the costs of the train’s retrieval and want it to become a local tourist attraction.