Did some treasure hunters just find a boatload of Nazi gold?

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They called it a legend. They said the Nazi gold didn't exist. Here's ABC News on the alleged "Nazi gold legend:"

In the final days of World War II, panicked Nazis were seen dumping mysterious crates into the depths of remote Austrian lakes, high in the Alps.


And later:

According to the author of the mystery fax, the gold is hidden in four lakes. There, the Nazis blew holes in the rock walls, hid their treasures, and then sealed the holes up.

The maps, he says, have now disappeared.

While all the experts — and they are legion — quickly dismissed the claim, the story has taken on a life of its own.


So: Nazis needed to dump their shit somewhere. They chose a bunch of lakes in Austria. That's what we know. Is there any evidence? Well, a couple of weeks ago, a girl found some gold in one of these lakes. (It was probably Nazi gold.) And today?

Two people in Poland claim they've found a train long rumored to hold a shitton of Nazi "gold, gems, guns," the BBC reports. They reached out to a Polish law firm, who say the men want 10 percent of the profits from whatever is in the train.

Okay, so they don't know for sure there's Nazi gold in the Nazi train, but the BBC says local news reports match local lore of such a train having gone missing. It also matches the rumor that the train went missing in the Polish city of Wroclaw as the Soviet army approached in the waning days of World War II.

Nazi gold!

Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.

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