Past revisited: Holocaust victims' belongings uncovered after 50 years in Poland

Warsaw: More than 16,000 personal items belonging to Jews who were held in the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz were uncovered in Poland's capital Warsaw, after 50 years since they were excavated.

The Auschwitz concentration camp, built in 1940, was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners and later became a major Nazi death camp. Reuters

The Auschwitz concentration camp, built in 1940, was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners and later became a major Nazi death camp. Reuters

The long-lost objects, including jewellery, thermometers, empty medicine bottles, watches, buttons and keys, were presented on Wednesday at a press conference at the Auschwitz Museum in Oswiecim, Poland, Xinhua news agency reported.

The huge range of items were first discovered in 1967 by archaeologists searching an area where a gas chamber and crematorium had stood at the former Second World War death camp set up by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.

They were then stowed in 48 cardboard boxes to the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, where they remained forgotten for about 50 years.

Auschwitz Museum Director Piotr Cywinski said in a report that in most cases, these are the last personal belongings of the Jews.

Cywinski said the objects were a remarkable testimony to the history of the camp and the extermination conducted by Nazi Germany, and a moving personal testimony of the victims.

Currently, the museum staff will begin the complicated task of cataloguing and trying to figure out the owners of these possessions.

The Auschwitz concentration camp, built in 1940, was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners and later became a major Nazi death camp.

The official figure adopted by the museum shows that at least 1.1 million people died in Auschwitz, around 90 percent of them Jews.


Updated Date: Jun 09, 2016 15:56 PM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'