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Message in a Bottle Found at Auschwitz

By April 28, 2009

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For 64 years, a note in a bottle lay hidden in a cement wall. The note, dated September 20, 1944, lists the names and numbers of seven Auschwitz prisoners. Why exactly was the note placed? No one is quite sure.

Of the seven prisoners, it is believed that three of them survived the war. Six were Polish Christian prisoners and the seventh was a French Jew. They had all worked together during construction work at Auschwitz. To learn more about the letter and the prisoners listed on it, read the BBC News article.


May 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm
(1) Dwyehas r Jones says:

How wonderfully fitting that this note by some very brave young men has survived for so long–and that some of them survived the war. At that time, my father-in-law, who would turn 20 in November 1944, would soon be on his way to fight the Nazis in the Battle of the Bulge with the 81st Engineer Combat Battalion of the 106th Division of the US Army. Although the 106th was decimated in the fighting, they slowed down the German advance in the north enough to ruin it. Moreover, my father-in-law’s unit would take part in a courageous holding action for five days before the city of St. Vith, which was the other key road junction site after Bastogne to the south. For five days, vastly outmanned and outgunned, the 81st and other pickup units held the line against the Germans. Later he took part in the liberation of the death camp Mittelbau-Dora at Nordhausen, where slave labor was used to build the V-1 and V-2 rockets. He never forgot the horrors he saw there. Meanwhile, the only remains of Adolf Hitler–pieces of his skull–now lie under a parking lot somewhere in Germany, unknown. Ha!

May 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm
(2) Linda says:

My father also fought in the Battle of Bulge in an Engineering/Transportation unit. He arrived in Europe on Omaha Beach some days after D-Day. He also I believe fought under Gereral Patton. He went right through the area near Fulda, Germany, and probably spent time near where the other writer’s father-in-law was. Perhaps they even knew each other.

Dad spoke of moving prisoners on trains as an engineer and also of meeting up with the Russians at the Elbe River. He mayhave very easily also been involved in liberating one of the camps. He would never talk about it, and now he is gone. He would be 95.

I’m still trying to track down more of his military history in the war. My husband and I lived in Fulda, Germany, when the Iron Curtain was still between the two Germany’s and I remember seeing it and hearing the stories my husband told about patrolling it. It was ironic that I ended up living in a village right where my father passed through during the war.

I find there are a lot of ghosts that remain everywhere and for many people, both living and passed on.

December 27, 2009 at 12:06 am
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