The Amber Room in the Ekaterininsky palace in the city of Tsarskoe Selo near St. Petersburg, Russia pic.twitter.com/1lm0eB176c— svetla (@Muche4ka) 30 августа 2015
"What's fascinating of course is that in Saint Petersburg now they built a replica, which is just stunning. But to find the original [Amber Room] would be the greatest find. There is just a chance that it might be on the train. … It would be wonderful if it would be there," Bower asserted.
The Amber Room, presented to Tsar Peter the Great by the King of Prussia, was one of countless valuable objects the Nazis stole during the war. In the chaotic final months of WWII they hid as many riches as possible and the priceless treasure, including works of art, gold, jewelry and china, remains largely undiscovered.
Ahh, now this would be interesting — Nazi gold train "may contain looted Amber Room from St Petersburg's Catherine Palace at Pushkin"— badassday (@badassday) 31 августа 2015
This particular train could contain "huge art collections perhaps taken from the Soviets' collections, especially around Saint Petersburg," he added.
The remarkable thing about the latest discovery is that a whole train was uncovered.
"And the question is why the tunnel was sealed at the end of the war and was only discovered so recently. That is the great mystery. Perhaps, the entrance to the tunnel was blown up or perhaps there was some sort of natural earth fall. But that is what is so unusual," Bower noted.
The train, which so far has not been unearthed, is not the first of its kind. American intelligence agencies, according to Bower, uncovered similar trains shortly after the end of the Second World War.
"What has always been speculated is that there is one particular train, which the German Nazis told Allied intelligence officers about. It carried special loot. There was one story which seems to be supported that one train – all the contents – was taken by American intelligence officers and GIs and smuggled back to America by sea in about 1945. Those people stayed rich ever since," the historian observed.
Last week, Polish authorities announced that they had been contacted by lawyers representing a Pole and a German who claim they have located the missing train. The find is said to be a 500-foot long "armored train" carrying guns, "industrial equipment," gems and other valuables.
- A detail of the Amber Room created by modern artists and used to reconstruct the chamber© Sputnik / Dmitry Korobeinikov
- The Catherine Palace, above, was where the Tzarina Elizabeth had the Amber Room installed in 1755 and where officials tried to hide it under painted paper to save it from Nazi looting in 1941, to no avail.© AP Photo / Dmitry Lovetsky
- Restoration of the renowned Amber Room in the Catherine Palace of the Tsarskoye Selo state museum reserve in Pushkin outside St. Petersburg© Sputnik / Dmitry Korobeinikov
- The famous Amber Room in Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Pushkin. Clock© Sputnik / Sergey Velichkin