Researchers found a pendant similar to one worn by Anne Frank in a Nazi death camp in Sobibor in Poland. They believe that it belonged to a girl named Karoline Cohn. They add that Cohn had worn it during her time at the camp. Experts are now trying to find out any familial connections between the two women if any based on the pendant. According to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel, the pendant is exactly identical to the one worn by Frank.
The pendant is triangular in shape like Frank’s and bears the words “Mazal Tov” in Hebrew along with a date on one side. On the other side, the pendant has three stars of David and a Hebrew word signifying God. Researchers state that the date mentioned on the pendant signifies Cohn’s birth date. Like Frank, she too was born in 1929 in Frankfurt in Germany. But unlike the famous diarist, who died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, Cohn, experts opine, met her end at the Sobibór extermination camp in Poland.
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An article in NY Daily News states that researchers discovered the pendant in an area, where victims undressed and got their heads shaven before being sent to the gas chambers. The discovery is considered as a significant one and experts are now trying to investigate if the two women were related.
An article in ABC News states that the reason for an investigation is because no other similar pendants have been found till date. As a result, those researching will be contacting currently-alive relatives of the two. Studies and excavations at the Sobibor death camp in Poland are underway since 2007. The pendant is one of its significant finds.
The Sobibor camp
The Israel Antiquities Authority and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial are conducting the study on the camp. They are jointly excavating the site for the past near decade now. However, even today, years after the holocaust, every research and every dig reveals something new about the Sobibor camp, states archaeologist Yoram Haimi.
“The significance of the research and findings at Sobibór grows with every passing season of excavation,” he recently said. “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,” he added.
Nazis destroyed the Sobibor camp in 1943 and levelled the area by planting over the region. However, when in operation, the camp saw more than 200,000 Jews killed on site, informs an article in RT News.
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