A pendant almost identical to one worn by Anne Frank has been discovered by researchers excavating a Nazi death camp in Poland, raising the possibility that the young girl who wore it was related to the famous diarist.
A decades-old pendant with potential ties to Anne Frank has been found on the grounds of a former Nazi death camp.
The memorial centre Yad Vashem said it has established the pendant belonged to a Jewish girl called Karoline Cohn who died at the camp. The medallion depicts the words "Mazal Tov" (meaning congratulations), "Frankfurt", and features Cohn's birthday 3.7.1929, Yad Vashem says. The other side of the pendant has three Stars of David and the Hebrew initial for God.
The pendant was found at what is believed to be the location where victims undressed and had their heads shaved before being sent into the gas chambers.
Both Anne and Karoline were born in Frankfurt in 1929, and researchers are now trying to speak to any remaining relatives of the two to confirm whether they were related.
Yoram Vashem, Israeli's Antiquities Authority, said that Karoline Cohn's story is an extremely moving one. Archaeological work has yielded many personal items of the victims, as well as remains of buildings, gas chambers and a train platform.
That leads researchers to believe the two may have known each other or shared a family connection.
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The artefact was discovered by archaeologists Wojciech Mazurek and Yoram Haimi during a recent dig at Sobidór, the former Nazi death camp.
After an uprising in October 1943, Nazis destroyed the camp and attempted to eradicate all evidence of the killings.
The researchers uncovered the pendant when they were excavating Sobibor, said Yad Vashem.
The silver pendant was unearthed at the Sobibór extermination camp, where some 200,000 people were killed between 1942 and 1943.
'Every time we dig, we reveal another part of the camp, find more personal items, and expand our knowledge about the camp.
"In spite of attempts by the Nazis and their collaborators to erase traces of their crimes, as well as the effects of forestation and time, we enhance our understanding of the history previously known to us only through survivor testimonies". Researchers state that these items play an important role in keeping the stories of the holocaust alive.