Nazi gold train
The Nazi gold train is a legend claiming that the Nazis hid a train containing gold and other priceless artifacts. The train was rumored to be buried in Germany around 1945. For decades, treasure hunters have been scouring the Mountains of Germany looking for this treasure. These mountains used to be crawling with Nazi tunnels and is believed to be the final resting place of the trains. A recent discovered outlined in a recent CNBC article might just be the evidence needed to turn the legend into a fact. In mid-august it was confirmed that two treasure hunters had discovered a World War II era tunnel in the Owl Mountains. The treasure hunters used a deathbed confession given to them by a former Nazi soldier, and an old map from 1926 to aid them in the discovery. The popularity of the hoax caused images to be taken with ground penetrating radar. These pictures revealed what appears to be a train, but nothing inside can be seen. It had been said to house as much as 300 tons of gold along with other treasure, stolen from people in Eastern Europe. If this tunnel truly does house the lost riches of a brutal tyrant, it is sure to make a sizeable impression on the history of our generation.
What concerns me about this situation is that if they find the treasure, there would be lots of conflict trying to figure out how the money is distributed. Since items are in Poland, should the Polish government have control over it? What about the Jewish and other Europeans that the items were taken from? Many of the Nazis victims are dead and therefore cannot claim ownership and it would be difficult for the families of the victims to prove it belonged to there ancestors. Or should Germany have control over the treasure since it was in soldiers possession and at the time of the burial it was on German land? Also, there's a possibility of the trains containing traps set by the Germans. As the Nazis weren’t necessarily known for playing fair, traps are a very real possibility, which could harm the treasure hunters and military personal excavating the trains. Not to mention that the trains could have be carrying deceased prisoners along with the toxic gas used to massacre them. If the containers of gas ruptured at any point it would lead to many deaths among the excavators. There is no doubt that this is an amazing historical discovery, but there are also many downsides to finding the trains.