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New findings were revealed in a unique archaeological dig being conducted in the Sobibor extermination camp

Among the findings: layers of black ash, remains of burned branches, over 200 objects, including fragments of spectacles, parts of a barbed wire fence, bullet casings and a sharpening stone for knives * The findings are in collaboration with Ben Gurion University and the Sobibor Museum

Excavation managers, Yoram Chaimi and Vitek Mazorek, at the site of the Sobibor extermination camp. Photo: Ben-Gurion University.
Excavation managers, Yoram Chaimi and Vitek Mazorek, at the site of the Sobibor extermination camp. Photo: Ben-Gurion University.

In an archaeological dig that is currently being conducted at the Sobibor extermination camp in eastern Poland, on behalf of the archeology department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Sobibor Museum in Poland, new findings have been uncovered that may shed new light on what happened there during the Holocaust. The excavation is being conducted with the assistance of Yad Vashem and is being managed by Yoram Chaimi and Vitek Mazork.

About 1942 Jews were murdered in Sobibor in 1943-250,000 by SS soldiers. and their Ukrainian assistants. The Germans destroyed the camp at the end of 1943 and many details related to the plan of the camp, to the way it was operated can now only be clarified through an archaeological dig. The purpose of the excavation is to uncover buildings in Camp 3 - the part of Sobivor where the gas chambers were. This area has been tested in the past, mainly in drilling, by Prof. Andrei Kola from the University of Torun in Poland.

The head of the archeology track at Ben-Gurion University, Prof. Yitzhak Gilad, said that during the first days of the excavation, layers of ash and the level of the area were exposed in two thick bands of black ash with the remains of burnt branches. It is possible that these are fences that bounded the road from Camp 2, where the Jews who were taken to the camp were stripped and their belongings were taken, to Camp 3, where they were murdered. It is known from the testimonies of the survivors that the Germans made sure that in the fences that bordered the road, many branches would be integrated between the barbed wire so that it would not be possible to see what was happening there.

According to Prof. Gilad, so far more than 200 objects have been found in the ash concentrations, including lighters, scissors, parts of metal cigarette cases, fragments of eyeglass frames and perfume bottles. Many metal items were also found including: parts of a wire fence, a door hinge and a bracket and many bullet pouches. Also exposed were many nails and pins belonging to the narrow gauge railway on which wagons were driven from the Sobibor railway platform to the extermination zone in Camp 3. A penknife, a knife and a sharpening stone for knives were also found. These testimonies show that it is possible that the area that has now been excavated is near the place where the hut that was used to cut the women's hair stood, the part that led from this hut to the nearby gas chambers.

4 תגובות

  1. Yoram
    Perhaps you will answer the questions asked here? Excavation at what depth?
    And what exactly are you looking for?? It's really bizarre..
    If it wasn't so sensitive, I would still ask the very nice archaeologists,
    If they didn't find by chance... a lighter that I lost... during my last visit there...

    In another thought, regarding hairs found, DNA tests. can shed light on lineage connections,
    that were erased from the tree of life, and allow us to find the missing ... dear ones in our families..
    It seems to me that there is something even deeper here, which has been destroyed in our souls in search of an answer: the "phantom" signers, ours, who are asking to be found..
    And it's really not a "metaphor" anymore, but an issue, the importance of which will be signaled later in the research.
    For this moment, my seriousness is indeed abysmal.

  2. Sixty years in Israel, and in the article they are already talking about archaeological excavations? What are they trying to show there, if there was a holocaust?, there is one big questioning of the essence of the excavations.
    After all, everything they found there are just things that can be found in any base, and certainly in a POW base. There is an urgent need to more intelligently define the purpose of the "archaeological" excavations.

    good evening
    Sabdarmish Yehuda

  3. How exactly do these findings prove extermination?

    Anyone who examines what is written here, from a forensic point of view, and without prejudice, will find that the evidence actually negates everything we were told about what happened there.

  4. Chilling and illustrates how important this science is that does not receive enough publicity and is considered very unpopular among students.

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