The hunt for the Nazi gold train …

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Soumen Maitra, EMBA KOL 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


The story of the Nazi gold train dates back to 1945. It is believed that the Nazi’s hid billions of fortunes in gold and silver they looted during the World War II. Nazi’s didn’t want the soviet red army to find the riches. Once the Nazi’s were defeated, various people, groups and governments started looking for the treasure. It is thought such huge treasure can revive the economy of the country in which it was buried. Historical documents and rumors have it that it was buried in some tunnel which is running through Poland.  Recently a group of people have claimed to have found that train full of riches and demanded a fortune from the sum before handing it over to the authority. But such rumors had surfaced earlier too.

The local press has claimed one place the train could lay is the village of Walim in Poland. Stretched along a valley some 12 miles west of Walbrzych and overlooked by the forested Owl Mountains, Walim has emerged as a contender for the location because its hills are home to some of the Project Riese tunnels. Since then the race for the ghost train has gone up. It is rumored that during World War II, the Germans were digging tunnels there to store weapons of mass destruction. The tunnel exists in reality, but the German never had them in their maps. The tunnel was kept secret from most of the people and was only known to Hitler and his closest associates. During the soviet attack, a train full of looted gold and valuables was sent into the tunnel and never to be seen again. The train came to be known as “the Ghost gold train”. Digging up such asset will not only have significant economic value but also huge archaeological significance.

One thing though is very interesting. It is human’s desire for wealth and riches that has kept them looking for the treasure so long. All these stories which have now surfaced might turn up to be false, but the legend of the train will live forever and so will live people’s craziness for treasure.