Archaeologists have discovered hidden gas chambers underneath the ground at a Nazi death camp in Sobibor, Poland, and estimate that a quarter of a million Jews were killed there during the Holocaust.
After an uprising at the camp in 1943, Nazi troops attempted to erase all traces of its existence. The gas chambers there were buried and a road was placed on top, and now, archaeologists have discovered the remains.
“Finally, we have reached our goal -- the discovery of the gas chambers,” said archaeologist Yoram Haimi. “We were amazed at the size of the building and the well-preserved condition of the chamber walls.”
Haimi says that two of his uncles were killed at that very death camp, and archaeologists say they discovered a number of personal items from the site, including a wedding band with the inscription, “Behold, you are consecrated unto me.”
Wojciech Mazurek, another archaeologist involved in the shocking discovery, explained how the Nazis used the gas chambers to execute mass amounts of people.
“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,” Mazurek said. “It is said that … the Nazis even bred geese in order to drown out these shouts so that prisoners could not have heard these shouts, these torments.”
Reports say that only 50 Sobibor prisoners, out of the 300 that were a part of the uprising, were alive by the time that World War II ended.