In an effort to make sure the horrors of the Holocaust are never forgotten – and never repeated – archaeologists, scientists, and historians have worked together to collect, restore, and authenticate items that were left or hidden in the concentration camps when they were liberated.
Items range from prayer shawls and Jewish stars to eyeglasses and children’s clothing, but one item they discovered left them speechless.
At first it seemed like an ordinary mug, but they soon realized it had a false bottom. When they took an X-ray of the mug they were stunned. Nestled securely in the bottom, completely hidden, were a ring and a necklace.
A mug was discovered burred at Auschwitz, seemed ordinary at first, but then thre looked to be something hidden in the bottom. Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywinski, director at Auschwitz Museum, believes that the the mug was taken by a Nazi from a Jewish person at the concentration camp.
When an x-ray was performed on the mug, they found what they were looking for. Hidden in the mug was a bracelet and ring. “The Germans incessantly lied to the Jews deported for extermination. They were told about resettlement, work and life in a different location. They allowed the victims [to] take with them little luggage.”
The Germans, even though they knew they were exterminating these people, were greedy enough to want their most prized possessions. “In this way, the Germans were confident that in the luggage – including clothes and items needed for life – they would find the last valuables of the deported families.”
The finding of these types of valuables shows that the Jewish people still had hope that they would make it out alive, and some of them didn’t even know what was in store for them. “Jewish families constantly had a ray of hope that these items will be required for their existence.”
One Million Prisoners
Over one million Jewish people were imprisoned at Auschwitz and were killed during the Holocaust. The Auschwitz Museum has displayed the valuable of these people, “as a testimony to the fate of the Jews deported to the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp.”
There is no way to identify who the mug belonged to, but it is clearly a testament to the strength of these people. They knew to hide their valuables in any way they could until they could get out of that hell hole. It would be nice to return these items to family members.