World War II-era map leading to alleged Nazi loot sparks modern-day treasure hunt in the Netherlands

World War II-era map leading to alleged Nazi loot sparks modern-day treasure hunt in the Netherlands

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A hand-drawn map with a red letter X purportedly showing the location of a buried stash of precious jewelry looted by Nazis from a blown-up bank vault has sparked a modern-day treasure hunt in a tiny Dutch village more than three quarters of a century later.

Wielding metal detectors, shovels and copies of the map on cellphones, prospectors have descended on Ommeren — population 715 — about 50 miles southeast of Amsterdam to try to dig up a potential World War II trove based on the drawing first published on Jan. 3.

“Yes, it is of course spectacular news that has enthralled the whole village,” local resident Marco Roodveldt said. “But not only our village, also people who do not come from here.”

He said that “all kinds of people have been spontaneously digging in places where they think that treasure is buried — with a metal detector.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if authorities could claim the loot if it was found, or if a prospector could keep it.

So far, nobody has reported finding anything. The treasure hunt began this year when the Dutch National Archive published — as it does every January — thousands of documents for historians to pore over…

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