Personal belongings- The silent but powerful story of the Holocaust.


Thousands of personal items snatched from those murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz have at last been returned to the memorial after an exhaustive search.

Items including thermometers, empty bottles of medicines, jewellery, cutlery, watches, brushes, tobacco pipes, lighters and keys are among a huge number of items finally tracked down by researchers from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.


In most cases, they were the last belongings of Jewish people taken from them before they were lead to their deaths in the gas chambers at the death camp in German-occupied Poland



When the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, in January of 1945, they found evidence of atrocities which survived the Nazis’ efforts to demolish the camp.

Among other things, baled (and unbaled) human hair—cut from the heads of murdered females—was found in an Auschwitz warehouse.


When religious Jews arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, their prayer shawls (referred to as tallesim, tallitot) were confiscated.


After killing people in the gas chamber, and burning their bodies in one of five crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Nazis (or their Sonderkommando helpers) tossed no-longer-needed clothing into heaps at the death camp.


After people arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau, some were selected for death in the gas chamber.  Those individuals were brought to showers which had numbered hooks for clothes.

People about to shower, after a long journey in a crowded cattle car, were told to remember their clothes-hook number … so they could retrieve their personal items after the shower.

Instead, their personal items were rounded up, after what really happened in the Auschwitz showers, and discarded … just like these heaps of shoes.


Prisoners of Kanadakommando sorting through the belongings confiscated from Jewish victims at Auschwitz-Birkenau



Eyeglasses taken from the Auschwitz prisoners before they were taken to the gas chamber. Found after the liberation.



I am passionate about my site and I know you all like reading my blogs. I have been doing this at no cost and will continue to do so. All I ask is for a voluntary donation of $2 ,however if you are not in a position to do so I can fully understand, maybe next time then. Thanks To donate click on the credit/debit card icon of the card you will use. If you want to donate more then $2 just add a higher number in the box left from the paypal link. Many thanks


1 Comment

Leave a Comment

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.