WARSAW, Poland (AP) A Polish-made golden ring and chain have been found hidden under the false base of an enameled mug that must have belonged to a victim of the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp, a museum spokesman said Friday.Pawel Sawicki told The Associated
During the evacuation, SS authorities tried to remove the traces of the crimes committed in Auschwitz by, for example, destroying documents as well as personal belongings stolen from the victims. However, they failed to fully implement this plan. After the liberation, a huge number of various belongings were discovered, including camp documents.
Auschwitz - Birkenau, concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. From the 1942 Auschwitz became the largest site for the murder of Jews brought here under the Nazi plan for their extermination. More than 1,100,000 people lost their lives here.Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments.
"In 1943, eighteen year old Pierre Berg picked the wrong time to visit a friend''s house -- at the same time as the Gestapo. He was thrown into the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. But . . . he managed to survive . . . and ultimately got out alive. "As far as I''m concerned," says Berg, "it was all shithouse [scheisshaus] luck." Such begins the first memoir of a French gentile Holocaust survivor . . . Utterly frank and tinged with irony, irreverence, and gallows humor."