'Escape Tunnel' Found Under Concentration Camp
It ran from barracks under a barbed wire fence at Sobibor
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 14, 2013 10:21 AM CDT
Map locates the sites of former Nazi death camps in Sobibor and Treblinka in Poland.   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Archaeologists think they've found the first evidence of prisoners trying to dig their way out of a Nazi death camp. The find comes after more than a decade of excavations at the Sobibor camp in Poland; Nazis leveled the place after its prisoners revolted in 1943, LiveScience explains. In the course of their work, the team last month "came across two rows of barbed wire," one archaeologist tells the Telegraph. "Digging down we found the traces of the tunnel. It was about as wide as a human, and we were 99% certain that it was an escape tunnel."

The tunnel, found 5 feet below ground, runs an astonishing 32 feet, from under where one of the barracks once stood to the other side of the barbed wire. The Telegraph explains that the barracks in question would have housed the sonderkommando: prisoners tasked with bringing victims to—and bodies out of—the gas chambers. Having avoided an immediate death, archaeologists speculate they would have had time to work on the tunnel. There's no evidence of whether it was actually used.

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Jun 15, 2013 12:18 PM CDT
Yet another excuse to print yet another Holy Hoax story. It seems I have not seen one in, ohhhhh...a couple of days. Have to keep the lie fresh in the minds of the sheep. Repeat lie, repeat lie, repeat lie = truth.
Jun 15, 2013 8:59 AM CDT
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Auschwitz+Gas+Chambers&FORM=RESTAB Proof enough?
Jun 14, 2013 8:33 PM CDT
There is no proof of any gas chambers, of 6 million jews being killed, of any lamp shades made of human skin, any soap being made from burned jews. There are lots of fabrications when speaking about German "crimes". And there is nothing being discussed concerning crimes by the Red Army or Allies.