Anne Frank Facts: Pendant Found in October 2016 may Belong to her Relatives

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A pendant recovered from an extermination camp in Sobibor (originally a part of Nazi-occupied Poland) looks identical to one that belonged to Holocaust diarist, Anne Frank. The piece of ornament was discovered by Yad Vashem and the Israel Antiquities Authority while excavating the site. They believe that most of the items embedded in the soil were from Jewish victims forced to strip naked before being sent to their deaths.

The pendant, which has now become a point of interest for archaeologists, is triangular-shaped. It carries a few Hebrew markings, which include the word “mazel tov.” It also carries the date July 3, 1929, as well as the name of the city Frankfurt am Main in German.

Karoline Cohn Facts: The Owner Of The Pendant

The Jewish population in Frankfurt, Germany, was believed to be transferred to Minsk at the time of the Holocaust. Records show that teenager Karoline Cohn met the same fate. However, her whereabouts after the deportation is undetermined. What is known is that Jews in Minsk were liquidated after a point and sent to Sobibor.

Cohn was born on July 3, 1929, the date mentioned on the pendant. Due to her birthplace and date of birth, Yoram Haimi of the Antiquities Authority believes that the pendant was Cohn’s. At present, Haimi and his team are trying to establish if Cohn was somehow related to Anne Frank or not.

Was Karoline Cohn Related To Anne Frank?

Anne Frank, as the world knows, perished in the Holocaust, but not before documenting every waking moment in her diary. It would be years after that that her diaries were translated in multiple languages published in novel form. Her cousin came forward shortly afterwards with a pendant that belonged to Frank. The pendant is identical to the one recently discovered in Sobibor by Haimi. The only point of difference is the date of birth, since Frank’s pendant carried the date June 12, 1929, her date of birth.

Some of the other artifacts recovered were a Star of David necklace, a metal charm in glass with an etching of Moses holding the Ten Commandments and a woman’s watch, reported the Times Of Israel. Women’s hairpins were also among the items recovered. Archaeologists believe that the victims were made to shave their heads before entering the gas chambers to die.

Importance Of Sobibor Excavations

Haimi and his team’s joint efforts in excavating the area near the gas chambers in Sobibor are of extreme significance. This is because the information and archaeological evidence recovered from the site can help historians determine the exact number of victims who died at the time in Nazi Germany. Haimi also hopes that after the discovered artifacts are made public knowledge, people owning similar items will contact them. Ultimately, it would enable them to tie threads together and help more families gain closure about their late ancestors.

“These findings make an important contribution to Holocaust research,” Prof. Havi Dreifuss, director of the Center for Research on the Holocaust in Poland at Yad Vashem’s research institute told Haaretz. “They help us understand what happened at Sobibor better, both in terms of how the camp functioned and in terms of the identity of its victims and their fate.” Yad Vashem and the Antiquities Authority encouraged anyone with the knowledge of Karoline Cohn, or her relative Sophie Kolman, to contact them at yoramhai@israntique.org.il.

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