Gas Chambers Discovered at Razed Death Camp

Sobibor dig also uncovers inscribed wedding ring
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2014 7:27 AM CDT
Gas Chambers Discovered at Razed Death Camp
This photo taken in September 2014 shows a ring discovered near recently discovered gas chambers at the Nazi-era death camp of Sobibor in Sobibor, Poland.   (AP Photo/Yoram Haimi, Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research)

After seven years of searching, archaeologists digging in Poland have found the exact location of the Sobibor death camp's gas chambers. Less had been known about this concentration camp's chambers, which were razed by the Nazis along with the rest of the site following a prisoner uprising in 1943, the Jerusalem Post reports. A road was later built over the camp's remains, and archaeologists searching beneath it uncovered rows of bricks that they believe demarcate what one archaeologist involved in the dig says were eight chambers, Reuters reports. "We were amazed at the size of the building and the well-preserved condition of the chamber walls," says a second archaeologist, whose relatives were killed at Sobibor.

Being able to determine the size of the chambers is a big win for researchers, who say it will enable them to more accurately determine how many people were killed at the camp; current estimates put the figure at 250,000. As the Telegraph explains, Sobibor was not a work camp like, for example, Auschwitz; all prisoners who arrived here were sent to the gas chambers. As such, few survivor stories exist. In addition to the chambers, a well containing prisoners' personal items discarded by the Nazis was also found. The archaeologists also surfaced a wedding ring bearing a Hebrew inscription reading, "Behold, you are consecrated unto me." (There was another very significant find at Sobibor this summer.)

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