A pendant recently found at the site of an infamous Nazi death camp might be connected to Holocaust diarist Anne Frank. Researchers who were excavating at the site of the Sobibór death camp in Poland found the triangular pendant which is identical to the one Anne Frank wore. According to them, this is the only such pendant ever recorded, apart from the one belonging to Frank.
The pendant of a girl
On one side, the pendant holds the words “Mazal Tov” in Hebrew and the date of birth of the owner. On the other side, there is the Hebrew letter “Hay”, which is the initial for God. Also, the three stars of David are there too. The experts at the Holocaust study center in Jerusalem said that the owner of the pendant was a girl named Karoline Cohn. She was Jewish and she was most probably killed at Sobibór. However, there are some questions surrounding the identity of this girl and her connection to Anne Frank. For example, they were both born in 1929, in Frankfurt. Now, scientists said that they are trying to make contact with their living relatives in order to find out more details. Especially if the two girls were somehow related.
Still, even if the two girls did not know each other, these discoveries tell us a lot of things about the people who perished during the Holocaust. Karoline’s moving story and sad fate offers us another glimpse into those people’s lives and what they had to endure, all because of their faith. According to experts, Cohn was deported to Minsk in 1941. While it is uncertain if she was ever at Sobibór, it is sure that her necklace somehow found its way there. The pendant of the 14-year old was only now found, 70 years after the tragic events of the Holocaust.
Lest we forget
Over 250,000 people died at Sobibór. Most of them were sent to gas chambers where they met their grim fate. In early 1940s, the Nazi destroyed the camp. They leveled it and planted over it, in the hope of never being discovered again. However, archaeologists have unearthed foundations of gas chambers and many traces of their past crimes.
Anne Frank and her sister Margot both died in October 1944 at Bergen-Belsen, in Germany. All that time, two years, Frank was keeping a journal in which she explained everything she was going through. Her writings were published as a diary in 1947 and since then, millions of people read it. Now, over 70 years since the horrors of the Holocaust, researchers keep finding new evidences. These tell us more about the lives of the victims. For example, last month, a new report revealed that the raid of the Amsterdam annex where Anne Frank was hiding did not happen because of a betrayal. In June last year, 16,000 personal objects which belonged to the victims of the Auschwitz concentration camp were recovered. For decades, all of these objects sat in cardboard boxes at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Nobody bothered to look through them.
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