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Mystery of message in a bottle found at Auschwitz solved

Posted by Glezele Vayne on May 11, 2009



Found at Yahoo…

I’ve recently 2 or 3 good stories there in the last couple of weeks. I guess they figured out I wasn’t paying attention.. — Ellie

by Stanislaw Waszak Sat May 9, 12:01 pm ET

WARSAW (AFP) – Sixty-five years ago Waclaw Sobczak hid a message in a bottle between the bricks of a wall in a building of the Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, a last sign of life as he prepared to die.

“I put the bottle in the wall,” Sobczak, 84, who survived Auschwitz but still bears the ID number — 145664 — the Nazis tattooed on his forearm, told AFP via telephone from his home in Wrabczyn, western Poland.

“It was an attempt to leave a trace of our existence as we thought we were going to die,” said Sobczak, sent to Auschwitz in 1943 as a slave labourer.

The note in the bottle written September 20, 1944 included Sobczak’s name and Auschwitz ID number along with those of five other fellow Poles and one Frenchman, all Auschwitz slaves at the time aged 18 to 20.

It was found in April by chance by workers demolishing a wall in what is now a school, but was part of the death camp during World War II.

Since, it has emerged that three of the men on the list are still alive.

“We were taught how to be masons by engineers and master masons, primarily French Jews,” said Karol Czekalski, 83, another of the Poles named on the list, which was formally handed over to the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in southern Poland, this month.

“From the spring of 1944 some of the apprentices were deemed ready to work,” he added. “They joined the ‘Luftschutzbunkerbau’ responsible for building anti-air raid bunkers.”

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1942 – Hidden History of Slovakia Part III

Posted by Glezele Vayne on March 28, 2009


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