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In the case that none of the survivors or their heirs cannot be found, all the gold and other found property belonging to Jewish families or businesses should return for the surviving Polish Jews, because unfortunately they never were not adequately compensated by Poland for the suffering they endured and their devastating economic losses from the time of the Holocaust.
The secret contents of the Nazi gold train located in Poland is fast becoming the centre stage of an international row even before any treasure has been retrieved. The Kremlin could claim any valuables in the locomotive as compensation for wartime losses, according to reports.
"Representatives of Russia should undoubtedly be involved in determining the value of the items discovered if the train is located," lawyer Mikhail Joffe told Sputnik News. "In this case, Poland is obliged to engage international experts to clarify what is in the cargo.
"If the property has been taken from territory, including USSR, then the cargo, in accordance with international law, must be passed to the Russian side," he added.
Yesterday (29 August), it was reported that the train could contain the ornate "Amber Room" crafted from amber, gold and precious jewels. Now thought to be worth about £250m, the Nazis dismantled the chamber from Catherine Palace, near St Petersburg in 1941 and took it to Konigsberg (now Kaliningrad) before it vanished. The valuable chamber was gifted to Tsar Peter the Great by the King of Prussia in 1716.
Rival claims over treasure train
Despite Russian claims to the treasure trove, Poland has insisted that any riches belong to the state. "The analysis we have conducted with our lawyers quite clearly states that if the train is found it will be owned by the State Treasury," Piotr Zuchowski, a vice minister for conservation, told Poland's Radio Jedynka. It will take months for the train to be reached as it is thought to be buried in a tunnel laden with booby-traps.