“In 1944 there were camp prisoners constructing a bomb shelter for the soldiers and they must have placed the bottle in the wall as they were pouring concrete,” he said.
The letter may have been hastily scribbled on a piece of a cement bag.
Seven prisoners, among them six Poles and a Frenchman aged 18 to 20-years-old, signed the letter and included their camp identification numbers.
Based on this information, Mensfelt said Auschwitz-Birkenau historians were able to determine that two of the Polish men had survived, but their whereabouts were unknown.
But on Tuesday, Mensfelt spoke with the granddaughter of the French prisoner, Albert Veissid, who just celebrated his 85th birthday in Marseilles, France. (continue at The Local)
(ChattahBox)—A long lost message in a bottle sat undiscovered for over 60 years in a wall of the former Nazi Germany Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Polish workers demolishing a wall of what is now the State Higher Vocational School, recently found the message. This missive from the past, written by very young and frightened death camp prisoners, was secreted inside the mortar of a wall, which once served as a station for Nazi guards of the camp.
One can only imagine the great risk taken by the author of the message, written and hidden away for future generations to find, who surely must have been in constant fear of becoming caught by Nazi guards. Why the author hid the message away in the wall of the dangerous quarters housing the notorious Nazi camp guards, is not known
The message written in pencil and placed in a glass bottle contained the names of seven prisoners, including prisoners from Poland and France. The note also contained the prisoners’ ID numbers, which the Nazis tattooed on the arms of prisoners, survivors bearing them still today as a mark of survival of the Holocaust, one of the most horrific periods in human history. (continue)
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