Nazi gold train could contain 'Amber Room'
By T.K. Randall
August 31, 2015 · 93 comments
The Amber Room as it appeared in 1931. Image Credit: Branson DeCou
The mysterious Nazi gold train in Poland may contain an ornate room stolen from St Petersburg in 1941.
By now any doubts about the existence of the train, which is thought to contain large amounts of gold looted by the Nazis during World War II, have been satisfactorily dispelled with authorities in Poland admitting that they are almost one-hundred percent certain that the fabled locomotive exists.
It still isn't exactly clear what is inside the train however one of the prevailing theories at the moment is that it may contain the famous Amber room - a long sought-after ornate room that was stolen by the Germans from its home in Russia during the war.
Featuring walls adorned with priceless amber panels, gold and pearls, the 18th century room was such a sight to behold that it was often regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World.
These days its value is estimated to be in excess of $275 million.
What will happen to the treasures hidden inside the locomotive once authorities do finally manage to retrieve them however is a matter over which there could soon be some disagreement.
While the two men who originally notified authorities of the train's existence had been looking to strike a deal to receive a percentage of the train's value, lawyers from Russia maintain that the country will be looking to take back anything that was stolen from them as compensation for Germany's actions during World War II.
"Representatives of Russia should undoubtedly be involved in determining the value of the items discovered if the train is located," said lawyer Mikhail Joffe.
"If the property has been taken away from territory, including the USSR, then the cargo, in accordance with international law, must be passed to the Russian side."
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