Tragic Message in a Bottle Found inside Auschwitz Wall

April 28, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A long lost message in a bottle sat undiscovered for over 60 years in a wall of the former Nazi Germany Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Polish workers demolishing a wall of what is now the State Higher Vocational School, recently found the message. This missive from the past, written by very young and frightened death camp prisoners, was secreted inside the mortar of a wall, which once served as a station for Nazi guards of the camp.

One can only imagine the great risk taken by the author of the message, written and hidden away for future generations to find, who surely must have been in constant fear of becoming caught by Nazi guards. Why the author hid the message away in the wall of the dangerous quarters housing the notorious Nazi camp guards, is not known

The message written in pencil and placed in a glass bottle contained the names of seven prisoners, including prisoners from Poland and France. The note also contained the prisoners’ ID numbers, which the Nazis tattooed on the arms of prisoners, survivors bearing them still today as a mark of survival of the Holocaust, one of the most horrific periods in human history.

Six million Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime, as part of Adolph Hitler’s ‘Final Solution,” to exterminate all of Europe’s Jews. Many perished from gas chambers, executions, burning or fell to their deaths during Nazi “death marches.” The Nazi regime also persecuted and executed other groups it deemed inferior, including Roma (gypsies), homosexuals, the disabled, Poles, Russians and other nationalities.

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the Nazi Regime’s largest extermination camp, where the mass murder of prisoners by gassing using Zyklon-B was a daily ritual. Nine out of every 10 murdered prisoners were Jews. Some estimates put the total deaths at Auschwitz-Birkenau at nearly three million people.

Jerzy Mensfelt, Auschwitz-Birkenau museum historian, is investigating all seven prisoners’ names hastily written on the hidden note. Mesnfelt believes at least two of the prisoners named in the note survived the camp, but he has not been able to confirm their whereabouts today, or even if they are still alive. They would both be in their 80s.

Mensfelt will be releasing further details in the coming days as his investigation into the identity of the prisoners reveals new information.

The seven named prisoners, were just 18 to 20 years old, barely out of their teens, imprisoned in a death camp, where nearly three million Jews, Poles, Russians, gypsies and many others perished during World War II.

Their desperate message in a bottle, hidden away for over a decade, must have been their way of letting the world know of their existence, as they surely had reason to believe they would soon perish inside the walls of the death camp, never to be seen or heard from again.

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7 Responses to “Tragic Message in a Bottle Found inside Auschwitz Wall”

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  2. Marie on May 9th, 2009 9:55 pm

    Tragic? I think not! This message is just the opposite – a joyous testimony to the human spirit! Those brave men wanted to leave proof of their existence and they too a great risk to do so! That that message even was found is a miracle!

  3. marc on July 10th, 2009 5:36 am

    so,, WHAT DOES THE MESSAGE SAY!!!!!

    how can you write an article about a message and not even say what the message is!!!!!

  4. Tara on May 9th, 2010 7:16 pm

    So… what did the message say!?!?!? You can not post this and not tell us what the message said!!!!

  5. karishma on June 24th, 2010 7:26 am

    was the mge only the names of the 7 prisoner? if ther is more 2 the msge can u please tel us?????????

  6. phoina on October 6th, 2010 11:26 am

    whats the message? huh ohhh u didnt find a message did u? u just made it up!!!

  7. olivia on October 6th, 2010 11:36 am

    Everyone in these posts that are asking what the message was, and especially Phoina, who claimed it was made up, must not be able to read.

    “The message written in pencil and placed in a glass bottle contained the names of seven prisoners, including prisoners from Poland and France. The note also contained the prisoners’ ID numbers, which the Nazis tattooed on the arms of prisoners, survivors bearing them still today as a mark of survival of the Holocaust, one of the most horrific periods in human history.”

    The message was someone’s account of those they loved who had been imprisoned in the brutal world of the concentration camps of WWII Europe.

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