According to legend, the Nazis packed a train with gold at the end of World War II. It has never been found. A German-Polish excavation team is convinced it will find it. But for local residents, the legend is enough.
"What are they digging for over there?" A group of residents has gathered at the fence. An elderly lady in a light blue tank top grumbles loudly. Not much can be seen through the trees and bushes - except for two excavators that are digging.
In Walbrzych, Poland, digging has been going on for centuries. People used to dig for coal, but now they are looking for the legendary gold train of the Nazis.
"I wouldn't mind finding a gold bar. It would help me renovate my house," jokes a pensioner. "The Germans are already waiting to finding out what happened to their treasures." The bystanders laugh.
Again and again, cars drive up to the digging site. Residents and tourists have been standing there for hours - even if nothing can be seen. Everyone brings their own theory to the fence, keeping the legend of the special train alive.
The Nazis are said to have sent the train from Wroclaw to Walbrzych, which was then known as Waldenburg, in the last days of the war. Supposedly packed with gold and art treasures, the train never arrived.
According to a legend, the train disappeared into a mountain tunnel between Wroclaw and Walbrzych as the Germans fled the area at the end of World War II. Geologists have doubted the claim, but some Polish officialshave supported the dig.
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Shortly before 6:00 p.m. a lot of cars arrive at the empty parking lot next to the excavation site, where a press conference is to be held. While no one is allowed to enter the premises, the German-Polish historian team Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter, together with a spokesperson, come to present the latest results to the Polish and international press three times a day.
Today they have brought various chunks of rock in a plastic bag. "We have hit seven meters below the surface and have found material that is not natural." Most likely it was mud coal used to seal the tunnels, they theorize.