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Lithuania's Holocaust escape tunnel
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:41pm
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Science confirms the incredible story of Lithuania's Holocaust escape tunnel

April 19, 2017 · 4:45 PM EDT
By Sarah Birnbaum

An estimated 100,000 people, including 70,000 Jews, were murdered at Ponar. In 1944, when the Russians were about to retake Lithuania from the Nazis, the Germans recruited a group of 80 Jewish prisoners to exhume the bodies and burn them, in order to hide the evidence.

For months, the prisoners dug up and burned corpses — often they were the bodies of friends or neighbors. One man tells a story of recognizing his wife and children among the dead. Another man washed his hands obsessively for the rest of his life, to remove the trace of the bodies.
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For months, the prisoners dug up and burned corpses — often they were the bodies of friends or neighbors. One man tells a story of recognizing his wife and children among the dead. Another man washed his hands obsessively for the rest of his life, to remove the trace of the bodies.

The prisoners knew that when they finished their job, they would be shot. So they came up with a plan.

Every night, for 76 nights, they dug a tunnel under the Nazis’ feet. The tunnel went from the burial pit, where they were housed, 100 feet into the forest. They dug the tunnel using spoons and their bare hands.

Then on the last night of Passover, April 15, 1944, the time had come. The prisoners cut off their shackles with a smuggled-in file, and shuffled through the narrow passageway in the ground. When they emerged from the tunnel, the Nazis started shooting. Only 12 prisoners made it out and joined a partisan unit in the forest. Only 11 survived until the end of the war.

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-04-19/science-confirms-incredible-story-lithuanias-holocaust-escape-tunnel?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The Scan April 20&utm_content=The Scan April 20+CID_28f16933d3c9c0e72b68857249ed682a&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=Science confirms the incredible story of Lithuanias Holocaust escape tunnel


    • How the times have changedContrarian, Fri Apr 21 6:33am
      NEVER AGAIN! Unless you are an Arab Muslim.
      • Less than we might hope.Christopher Blackwell, Fri Apr 21 5:09pm
        Contrarian, Note the day when some memorialize the Holocaust, that our president and his crew could seem to say the word Jew, or Jews. I wonder why? Perhaps it might upset some of his Alt.Right... more
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