European and Israeli researchers have discovered large deposits of women’s jewelry and hairpins in the foundations of a building near the Sobibór death camp in Poland, where the Nazis murdered 200,000 people in the years 1942-43.
Among the discoveries is a pendant inscribed Mazal Tov in Hebrew, the birth date 3.7. 1929, the name Carolina Cohen and the place “Frankfurt.”
Its design is almost identical to the pendant belonging to Anne Frank. The Frank family has been contacted to discover if the two girls were related.
The finds may be displayed in an exhibition planned to open at the site of the death camp.
Professor Havi Dreifuss, Head of the Center for the Research on the Holocaust in Poland at Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research said, “These recent findings from the excavations at Sobibór constitute an important contribution to the documentation and commemoration of the Holocaust, and help us to better understand what happened at Sobibór, both in terms of the camp’s function and also from the point of view of the victims.”
“The significance of the research and findings at Sobibór grows with every passing season of excavation,” said Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yoram Haimi. “Every time we dig, we reveal another part of the camp, find more personal items, and expand our knowledge about the camp.
“In spite of attempts by the Nazis and their collaborators to erase traces of their crimes, as well as the effects of forestation and time, we enhance our understanding of the history previously known to us only through survivor testimonies. In this way, we ensure that the memory of the people killed there will never be forgotten. This pendant demonstrates once again the importance of archaeological research of former Nazi death camp sites. The moving story of Karoline Cohn is symbolic of the shared fate of the Jews murdered in the camp. It is important to tell the story, so that we never forget.”