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January 27, 2014 10:13 am

New Excavations Shed Light on Sobibor Death Camp

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JNS.org – A recent excavation has provided a silent testimony to the mass killing of about 250,000 Jews at the Nazis’ Sobibor death camp in Poland, 70 years after the perpetrators tried to cover their tracks by razing the site to its core and planting what was to become a thick forest. Their decision was prompted by a prisoners’ revolt.

Archeologists Yoram Haimi and Wojciech Mazurek, from Israel and Poland, respectively, recently discovered nine open-air cremation pits and a cabin that housed Jews who were used for slave labor. Some 1.6 meters (about 5 feet) below the floor, a man-made tunnel was unearthed. As it led toward the barbed wire surrounding the camp, the excavators believe it was used as an escape route.

In 2012, Israel Hayom reported that Haimi and his team had successfully uncovered the “road to heaven,” a cynical name Nazis used for the walkway thousands of naked Jews took to the gas chambers. The two archaeologists also discovered the exact location of the gas chambers.

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