After an uprising at the Nazi concentration camp in Sobibor, Poland in 1943, the Germans tried to destroy any evidence that it had existed, even though an estimated quarter of a million Jews were executed there during the Holocaust.
According to AWM, the gas chambers were filled with sand and a road was built on top of the remains, hiding it from the world for decades.
Recently, researchers got a tip as to where the location of the camp was, so they decided to dig under the road. After a few weeks of digging, the camp was finally unearthed by a man with a deeply personal connection to it.
“Finally, we have reached our goal — the discovery of the gas chambers,” archaeologist Yoram Haimi said. “We were amazed at the size of the building and the well-preserved condition of the chamber walls.”
Haimi reportedly had two uncles who died at the camp, which made him extremely passionate about the dig. Many personal items were found in the remains of the camp, including a wedding band with the inscription “Behold, you are consecrated onto me” in Hebrew.
“The extermination of people took place there; murder by smoke from an engine that killed everyone within 15 minutes in these gas chambers, in torment, shouting,” said fellow archaeologist Wojciech Mazurek. “The Nazis even bred geese in order to drown out these shouts so that prisoners could not have heard these shouts, these torments.”
Records reveal that only 50 prisoners made it out of this camp alive. This dig reminds us of a particularly abominable time in human history.