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

Watch: Firstpost test rides the new Thunderbird 500X in Goa and walks you through the Royal Enfield Garage Cafe
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Varun Dhawan on Shoojit Sircar's October, 5-star reviews and working with Anushka Sharma in Sui Dhaaga
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 Ambedkar Jayanti: Re-visiting Babasaheb's ideals exposes fake Dalit politics of Rahul Gandhi and Congress
  • Monday, April 9, 2018 48 hours with Huawei P20 Pro: Triple camera offering is set to redefine smartphone imaging
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interview: Sports can't be anyone's fiefdom, we need an ecosystem to nurture raw talent

Also See