Treasures unearthed at a former death camp

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 | 
Israeli archaeologists are excavating grounds at a former concentration camp in Majdanek, Poland long thought to be empty. Their findings show how Jews furiously buried what personal possessions they had with them before they were murdered in the camp's gas chambers. The objects aren't worth much financially, but “the value as a human story is immeasurable,” said Yaron Svoray, an Israeli journalist who became famous for infiltrating neo-Nazi groups. An American organized the project and produced a documentary film about it based on testimonials. "We get to reconstruct a crime scene of one of the greatest crimes of humanity,” said Matt Mazer. Svoray collected survivor testimony and researched the site for two years before teaming up with Mazer to form Historical Media Associates. With private financial backing from America, they began the dig this fall accompanied by four survivors who live now in Australia. Approximately some 235,000 people died at the camp.

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