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Nazi gold train could contain 'Amber Room'

August 31, 2015 | Comment icon 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."

Source: Independent | Comments (93)



Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #84 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
That's a good point.  I'm sure there are a number of lawyers ing their commercials to help the survivors get their fair share of the gold.  Ownership will probably be nearly impossible to proven.  I doubt the Nazis labeled where they got the gold from.  Then again they were Germans.  We tend to be a bit anal at times.
Comment icon #85 Posted by South Alabam 5 years ago
Well, we find out in a few days. Either have something cool to talk about, or lay it to rest, for now..  
Comment icon #86 Posted by Grand Moff Tarkin 5 years ago
i doubt it'll be particularly exciting. it'll probably be a class 52 Kriegslok, I expect, and with more than 7,000 of them built it wouldn't be particularly rare or exotic. 
Comment icon #87 Posted by kdwt 5 years ago
i live near this town (Walbrzych) Explorers build metal fence around place where test drilling will be held. But there are scientist's opinions from Metallurgy and Mining Academy there is not any train.
Comment icon #88 Posted by toast 5 years ago
Reichsflugscheibe. I tell ya!
Comment icon #89 Posted by EllJay 5 years ago
Is it that train where they think the Amber Room is on?? I really hope there is something there to be found - it would be quite amazing. But as always, one is doubtful. It would be really great if they found something in The Money Pit as well, but I don't hold my breath. There has been so many ups and downs with that place so people don't know what to think anymore.
Comment icon #90 Posted by Grand Moff Tarkin 5 years ago
Would be interesting if it turned out to be a long-forgotten research center full of some of those very interesting secret aircraft projects the Reich was full of at the end of the war; how about a Focke-Wulf Triebflügel ? or some of those ramjet interceptors. Lippisch P.13a Certainly a lot more interesting than gold and Art and things.
Comment icon #91 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 5 years ago
There was a lot of interesting stuff on paper, but my understanding - and it may be wrong - is that many of the design studies were busy-work to keep the younger engineers from being drafted and wasted on the Eastern Front; the German airplane makers understood that there was going to be an 'after the war', and that keeping their talent intact (and alive!) was necessary.
Comment icon #92 Posted by kdwt 5 years ago
Everyone can get on excavations area but permission is very expensive (thousends $)
Comment icon #93 Posted by Codenwarra 5 years ago
Al least the SR Q1 is of the same era   


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