A treasure-mania prevails these days over the 112,000 inhabitants of Nea (New) Kios region and the beach of the Gulf of Argolis in the Peloponnese.
This is Nea Kios picturesque beach through which in 1941 British Forces have been evacuated to Peloponnese and from there to Crete and the Middle-East. A shepherd and his flock of sheep is seen peacefully passing by. Here is the small bridge over the sweet water stream of Nea Kios, where the geese are seen swimming happily. Somewhere around here lies hidden the fortune. But who will be the lucky one to locate it?
Kids from Nea Kios village seen fishing over a wooden bridge, while geese are running away.
Little "fishermen" have now abandoned their fishing to dig -- as they do every day -- for the hidden fortune. This has become almost a habit.
Is it hidden here or somewhere between the eucalyptus tress?
Or is it in the fields where the shepherd is seen digging...
But the treasure-mania has been spread all over the area. Young and old are seen digging (some closer shots).
Even the kids, after their school hours, rush into the fields searching for the gold.
Two ambitious old women of Nea Kios dig for the fortune. Will they be luckier than the younger people or Sergeant Smujak?
But the geese don't care about these gold diggers and continue their happy promenade in the sunny beach of Nea Kios...
...while the beach keeps obstinately its secret of the big fortune left behind by the British some 17 years ago.
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Background: A treasure-mania prevails these days over the 112,000 inhabitants of Nea (New) Kios region and the beach of the Gulf of Argolis in the Peloponnese. Men, women and children -- day and night -- dig here and there searching for a big fortune hidden somewhere in the beach or the fields of the Nea Kios village. And this, following an information which has been widely spread all over the region of a hidden gold treasure.
It is true that during the dark days of the British retreat in 1941 through the Pelopennese, a British Sergeant of Jewish descent by the name of S. Smujak, attached then to the British G.H.Q., hid somewhere in the coast of Nea Kios some 600,000.00-drachmae worth treasure in banknotes and gold sovereigns (Lst. 700.000 appr.) belonging to the British Army. Sergeant Smujak came back to Greece on April 1957 and with special authority from the Government dug and searched the area for about 15 days but without success. And this, for owing to the erasion of the soil during the past 17 years, he couldn't locate the exact place he hid in hurry the treasure.
Now everyone wonders what has happened to this millions. Was the treasure found by Germans and was it taken to another place pending the end of the war? This is rather the opinion of the Greek Gendarmerie commandant. And this, for during October it has been reported to the Gendarmerie of Nea Kios that two jeeps in which there were two men and a woman speaking german, stopped in a deserted spot of the beach and after having put up a tent started digging. Villagers advised immediately the Gendarmes, but when they arrive the strangers had gone leaving a two-metre hole. The Germans reappeared two days later in another deserted spot of the coast, but again evaded arrest. It is believed that at least one of the occupant's of the jeeps served during the Nazi occupation of Greece in Nea Kios'area.
As far as Sergeant Smujak is concerned, he expressed his certainty that the treasure is still there, somewhere in the beach. This caused the treasure-mania of the inhabitants of the area of Nea Kios. Sergeant Smujak -- according to information reaching us -- plan to return again to search for the millions.