Cup from Auschwitz Reveals Hidden Secret

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More than 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, objects from the camp are still giving up their secrets. At the camp’s museum collection, a small enamel cup revealed its secret during a cleaning of the kitchenware collection. The cup had a false bottom, which over time eroded to reveal a gold ring and a necklace wrapped in canvas.


Jewish victims are sorted by the SS shortly after their arrival to Auschwitz

The cup is just one of the 12,000 pieces of kitchenware in the museums possession. Most of the objects were brought in the luggage of those transported to the camp, which the Nazi’s took and sorted for valuables. The vast majority of those sent to the Nazi death camp never saw their possessions again. At Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi’s murdered 1.1 million Jews and 100,000 non-Jews who were considered enemies of the Nazi state. Most of the items brought by the victims were sorted in an area of the camp named “Canada” since the country of Canada was thought to be home to many riches. Most things of value were sent to Germany but thousands of plain objects were left in the camp and are now under the care of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

The ring and necklace are of Polish origin and date from 1920-1931. They will be added to the museum’s collection, but the staff says tracking down the original owner and their fate is next to impossible since there is no identification on the object.


Jewish children, survivors of unimaginable horrors, shortly after the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet Red Army



The cup with the false bottom revealing the wrapped ring and necklace


The gold ring found inside


The necklace, still in its protective wrapping

Pictures of the cup, ring and necklace via the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

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One thought on “Cup from Auschwitz Reveals Hidden Secret

  • Bill Getz says:

    May the German people and the world forever bear the guilt of permitting this atrocity to happen, and may current governments and people of the world bear the guilt of permitting it to happen today.

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