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What Is in the Polish “Riese” Tunnels? Who Are “The Guards”?

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The Polish Riese tunnels

The Polish Riese tunnels

Martin Bormann (right) with Himmler

Martin Bormann (right) with Himmler

COMMENT: We noted the alleged discovery of a Nazi treasure train in Poland, that some have speculated may contain the fabled Amber Room. The alleged train was detected in a massive series of tunnels in Lower Silesia, now part of Poland and part of Germany during World War II.

Many observers feel that World War II loot of considerable value is stashed in the tunnels.

A recent New Yorker story discusses:

  • The presence of vast amounts of wealth, according to many long-time searchers and residents of the area.
  • The possibility that prototypes of disc-shaped Nazi flying machines may be stored in part of the complex. For more on the subject of so-called UFO’s, see FTR #’s 66, 67, 68167178588639873874,  as well as L-1 and L-2.
  • The presence of “guards” maintaining security for the tunnels, viewed as successors to SS/ODESSA personnel charged with protecting the valuables for future use by what we call “the Underground Reich.”
  • Might the “guards” be “minding the store” until the Bormann capital network can gain access to the wealth and use it?

“The Nazi Underground” by Jake Halpern; The New Yorker; 5/09/2016.

. . . . When I visited Wałbrzych, this winter, I spoke with Tomasz Jurek, the president of the Lower Silesian Research Group. Jurek, who is fifty-nine, is slight, with a receding hairline, a broad forehead, and a bushy mustache. When we met in the lobby of my hotel, he glanced around nervously and eyed my tape recorder. He told me that there were shadowy operators who were interested in the same treasures. I asked him for more details. “There is some logical explanation, but it’s for you to figure it out,” he said. “I cannot officially say.” . . . .

. . . . Jurek’s biggest concern, and Boczek’s, was being followed. Both worried that they were being watched by a gang of clandestine agents known as “the guards.” Other treasure hunters voiced similar concerns. Piotr Koper, the man who claimed to have found the train at the 65th Kilometre, said that he feared for the safety of his family.

There is an extensive mythology around the guards. By most accounts, they are a global network of former Nazis, similar to the legendary ODESSA unit. ODESSA was allegedly founded at the end of the war in order to help former S.S. members avoid capture and escape to countries like Argentina and Brazil. Historians doubt whether ODESSA units ever existed. Boczek conceded that most of the original guards were likely dead, but he suspects that their secrets have been passed along to subsequent generations, who have been charged with watching over the old homeland and its buried treasures.

Boczek and Jurek told me that they had been spying on a particular man, a suspected guard, who walked the same route through the woods every day at the same time. “I find it very interesting, especially because this guy is not a Slav,” Boczek said. “He looks more like a typical German or Austrian. I have pictures of him on my computer at home. We have checked his background and this guy is . . .” Boczek stopped and shook his head. “I cannot tell you more.” . . . .

. . . . But during my visit with Andrzej Boczek, at his cottage clubhouse, he scoffed at the notion that there was a treasure-laden train buried at the 65th Kilometre. “It was made up to get attention from world media,” he said. This “train tale” was simply a ruse devised by treasure hunters to distract from “what is really hidden underneath.” I asked him to elaborate. What was the real treasure, if not Klose’s gold? Boczek reached into his coat pocket and pulled out a creased piece of paper. He unfolded it and waved it in the air briefly, allowing me a fleeting glimpse. The image on the paper was unmistakable: it was a flying saucer.

I wasn’t entirely surprised to see it. Tomasz Jurek had also mentioned to me that he was looking for a spaceship that the Nazis had allegedly built and hidden underground in Lower Silesia. Igor Witkowski, a Polish journalist and author, has written a book about Nazi “wonder weapons” and notes that “rounded, experimental flying vehicles” were seen at Książ Castle during the war. . . .

. . . . . Jerzy Cera, a Polish author, documents a similar story in his 1974 book, “The Mysteries of the Walim Undergrounds.” He quotes a letter, written toward the end of the war, from a Polish partisan who was living near Walim. In the letter, the partisan recounts meeting a local forest warden who described a convoy of trucks that drove into a tunnel near Walim and never came out. Afterward, German soldiers blew up the entranceway and camouflaged it with soil and vegetation. The partisan made plans to visit the site with the warden, but before this could happen the warden was murdered. . . . .

. . . . I met one miner, in his sixties, who confided that a wealthy patron, who happened to be a treasure hunter, had recently hired him to excavate an old tunnel, which, he was told, was likely part of Riese. The miner, whose name was Janek, was reluctant to say anything further or even to give his last name. He suspected that his patron was operating illegally, because he didn’t intend to report what he found to the authorities, as Polish law requires. I pressed for details, but he wouldn’t say much more. Then he changed his mind and offered to take me to the place where he’d done his work. . . .

. . . . Eventually, at a seemingly random spot on the side of the road, Janek instructed me to pull over. We left the car, and he led me up the side of a steep mountain, into a pine forest. The day was cold and drizzly, and tendrils of mist floated through the treetops. Janek mostly ignored my questions. He pointed out several moss-covered stone structures jutting up out of the earth, which looked like buried chimneys—air vents, he said. I got the sense that there was a sizable world beneath our feet.

As we walked, Janek spoke in a mumbling soliloquy. He no longer worked for the wealthy treasure hunter, but the job had paid very well. His patron had told him little beyond where to dig: a shallow depression where a stream began. Janek led a crew of four miners. As they dug into the depression, they uncovered the entrance to a tunnel that bored directly into the side of the mountain. Janek and his men repeatedly encountered great piles of crumbling rocks, which they had to remove. They also found scraps of paper that Janek believed had been used to wrap dynamite. Some of the wrappers had writing in German, others in Russian. It was puzzling, but one obvious explanation was that the Germans had buried something here and the Russians had excavated it. Eventually, Janek told me, the crew discovered a chamber off the main tunnel. Inside were three green wooden chests, two emblazoned with swastikas. It was exactly what anyone chasing Klose’s gold would hope to find. But when the lids were opened the chests were empty. . . .

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