Archaeologists Found A Pendant In The Ruins Of Nazi Death Camp… It May Link To Anne Frank

In the October of 1943, the extermination camp of Sobibor in eastern Poland was abandoned by the Nazis.

Credit: Yoram Haimi, Israel Antiquities Authority Credit: Yoram Haimi, Israel Antiquities Authority

Before leaving, they burned documents and demolished the structures in an attempt to hide the full horror of their war crimes. Before a memorial and museum were built on the site, archaeologists started to excavate what was left of the camp. This began in 2007. Along with the crematoriums and gas chambers they uncovered, they also came across many of the personal effects of the Jews who were killed there.

One of the items recently discovered was a distinctive silver pendant. Researchers managed to trace it back to a Karoline Cohn, a German Jewish girl that the Nazis deported from Frankfurt in 1941. They are now studying the possibility that there is a link to Anne Frank, the famous Jewish diarist. The pendant found at Sobibor is identical to one owned by Anne Frank.

Credit: Yoram Haimi, Israel Antiquities Authority Credit: Yoram Haimi, Israel Antiquities Authority

In the course of their excavations, archaeologists discovered what was left of a building they believe was where the prisoners stripped naked and had theirs heads shaved on their way to the gas chamber. All that remained were a few pillars but in the soil, numerous items of jewellery and other personal items were found. It is believed these items had fallen through floorboards as they removed their clothing.

Other items discovered were a glass-covered metal charm, a Star of David necklace and a woman’s watch. The silver, triangular pendant bore the inscription “Mazel Tov,” a Jewish saying meaning congratulations; the date, July 3, 1929 as well as the city name, Frankfurt. On the other side the Hebrew letter Hei, used as the name of God, and three triangular Stars of David had been inscribed.

Credit: Yoram Haimi, Israel Antiquities Authority Credit: Yoram Haimi, Israel Antiquities Authority

Researchers studied a deportation database created by Yad Vashem and available records of Jews deported from Frankfurt. They were able to trace the item to Karoline Cohn. The discovery of this pendant, which was announced by Yad Vashem earlier this month, has resulted in great intrigue and mystery. Anne Frank had one that was almost identical.

“It’s exactly the same, but only with a different birth date,” said Yoram Haimi, one of the archaeologist from the Israel Antiquities Authority. “One of the possibilities is that maybe Cohn and Frank were relatives.”