OMMEREN, the Netherlands — 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.

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