Pendant found at death camp may have Anne Frank link

Jan 17, 2017, 00:26

Researchers believe this pendant, discovered beneath a gas chamber at the Nazi-run Sobibor concentration camp in Poland, belonged to a girl who may have known Anne Frank.

Header image: Both sides of Karoline Cohn's pendant found at Sobibor, image courtesy Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research. It's been leading the charge on the excavations with the help of the Israel Antiquities Authority since 2007.

The pendant is believed to be one of two in existence, the other belonged to Anne Frank.

The small triangular pendant is engraved on one side with the words "Mazal Tov" in Hebrew, alongside Cohn's date of birth and the name of her home city - Frankfurt.

"Aside from similarities between the pendants, both Anne Frank and Karoline Cohn were born in Frankfurt, suggesting a possible familial connection between Frank and Cohn", Yad Vashem said.

According to NBC News, the pendant seems to have belonged to Karoline Cohn who, like Frank, was a Jewish girl born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929.

Dr Joel Zissenwein, Director of the Deportations Database Project, found that Cohn, born on July 3, 1929, was deported from Frankfurt to Minsk on November 11, 1941.

The other items included a Star of David necklace, a woman's watch and a metal charm covered in glass with an etching of Moses holding the Ten Commandments.

A decades-old pendant with potential ties to Anne Frank has been found on the grounds of a former Nazi death camp.

Anne Frank was arrested along with her family by the Germans in the occupied Netherlands during the Second World War and died in Belsen concentration camp shortly before the end of the war in 1945. Researchers are trying to confirm whether they were related.

More than 200,000 Jews were killed at the camp in Sobibór, which was destroyed by the Nazis following a revolt in October 1943.

Yoram Haimi, an archaeologist with the IAA who led the excavation at Sobibor, said: "This pendant demonstrates once again the importance of archaeological research of former Nazi death camp sites. It is important to tell the story, so that we never forget", said Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yoram Haimi.

The Sobbor site that is being uncovered by researchers was the site of more than 250,000 Jewish deaths.

Archaeologists have since discovered the foundations of gas chambers and a train platform.

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