Amazing discovery by Auschwitz Museum staff under a fake bottom of mug
Auschwitz! The name itself is synonymous with infamy and death, yet the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland stands today as a museum to bear testimony to the horrors of the Holocaust, committed by an evil fascist regime which the world and Germany would have very much liked to forget. Auschwitz was recently in the news when museum staff made a fascinating discovery of jewelry hidden in a mug.
There are approximately 12000 items of kitchen utensils and enamel crockery and it was during a preservation drive that workers came upon the precious items hidden in a false bottom of the mug.
1 Fascinating Discovery in False Bottom of a Mug
Hanna Kubik, who works at the memorial collection said that it was while preservation work was going out, that the false bottom built into the mug opened up. The materials holding the bottom together had corroded over time and hence the false section separated and the jewelry found much to the surprise of all present.
The items were part of the main exhibition at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The jewelry consisted of a ladies gold ring and a necklace that were wrapped securely in a small piece of canvas. Xrf and x-ray testing found the ring to be containing gold properties of 583 which was the standard, used in gold products manufactured in Poland in 1921. The standard mark bore a knight’s head with the number ‘3’ engraved on the right side. Further testing also found metals such as copper and silver present.
2 Nazis Systematically Looted Jewelry from Inmates
According to staffers, it has been more than 70 years since the time of the liberation by Russians on Jan 27th 1945, but new and exciting discoveries are named from time to time which explained how prisoners found ways and means to hide their precious belongings in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
During the time of the Holocaust, Nazis would lie to Jewish families being deported to the concentration camps for the purpose of extermination. They were hoarded on trains under the pretext of resettlement where they were told they would be rehabilitated with a new life and work. The Germans deployed the clever tactic of allowing only limited luggage knowing valuables would be the most important thing on every family’s mind. In this way they uncovered a great haul of gold and valuable ornaments confiscated form Jewish families.
3 Unique Ways And Means Adopted To Hide Valuables
The Nazis at the concentration camps were a systematic killing machine. Not a single piece of jewelry or personal belongings went to waste where sorting camps ensured items of use were separated and sorted accordingly. Even gold dentures were not left out.
As per many survivor accounts, various ways and means were devised to hide valuables from the Germans. It gave the population at the camps hope that these would ultimately be required if they survived even as they were being systematically looted by the Nazis.
4 Jewelry on Display as Further Testimony to Auschwitz
The discovery of the jewelry hidden in a mug will also form part of the display at Auschwitz, another testimony to life in the camp and another proof of what inmates underwent at the hands of the murdering Nazis.
Auschwitz –Birkenau was the main concentration camp at a network under the banner of Auschwitz. More than 1 million Jews were exterminated by gassing using the dreaded Zyklon –B. The commandant, who was the notorious Rudolph Hoss was executed after being tried by war crimes. Noted prisoners of Auschwitz include Anne and Otto frank, Maxmillan Kolbe, Edith Stein and Elie Wiesel.
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