Workmen Discover Hidden Auschwitz Note
Young inmates left message buried in a concrete wall
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2009 1:35 AM CDT
A visitor walks along barracks in the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland.    (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
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(Newser) – Polish workmen demolishing a wall near the Auschwitz concentration camp found a note hidden in a bottle from inmates, AP reports. The note, written on a scrap from a cement bag and dated September 1944, bears the names, numbers, and hometowns of seven prisoners, who were between the ages of 18 and 20. Authorities think the note was left by a work crew who believed they were doomed to die.

"They were young people who were trying to leave some trace of their existence behind them," said a spokesman for the Auschwitz museum, which authenticated the note. Just  two of the seven prisoners are believed to have survived the camp. At least 1.1 million people died at Auschwitz.