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Hidden gas chambers discovered in WWII Nazi camp

Archaeologists have uncovered Nazi gas chambers at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland, which the Germans tried to hide after a prisoner revolt in 1943.

During the war, the camp was dismantled, covered with earth and planted over with pine trees to conceal its location.

Archeologists dig inside the perimeter of a Nazi death camp in Sobibor. Credit: Reuters

More than 250,000 Jews were murdered at the camp during the year and half it operated.

A medallion in the shape of the Star of David was discovered at the site. Credit: Reuters

The Germans closed the camp after a prisoner revolt in October 1943, when several hundred inmates tried to escape, killing several German officers and guards.

Many of the prisoners fled the camp, but nearly all were killed by guards or died in water ditches and mine fields surrounding the camp.

A rusty road sign is seen outside the perimeter of a Nazi death camp in Sobibor. Credit: Reuters

World's oldest known Holocaust survivor dies at 110

The world's oldest known Holocaust survivor has died aged 110, her family have said.

Alice Herz-Sommer, who lived in London and was originally from Prague, had been confined in German concentration camp Terezin in Bohemia during the Second World War.

Alice Herz-Sommer was the world's oldest known Holocaust survivor Credit: The Lady in Number 6

Ms Herz-Sommer was a talented musician and an adept pianist, and was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary about her life.

The 38-minute film "The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life" is up for best short documentary at the Academy Awards to be handed out next weekend.


Lack of genocide knowledge 'deeply concerning'

Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said:

We are deeply concerned by the lack of understanding among the population as a whole, and in particular the younger generations.

This research shows our work is more important than ever.

Genocide is not something that takes place by itself - it happens when a set of circumstances occur or are created, when racism and discrimination go unchecked and are allowed to divide communities.

A lot has been achieved, but there's plenty still to do to ensure that history does not repeat itself.

– Olivia Marks-Woldman

1 in 2 Britons 'can't name a post-Holocaust genocide'

Up to a million people were killed in just 100 days when Hutus slaughtered Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994. Credit: Reuters

Over half of the UK population could not name a genocide that has taken place since the Holocaust, new research suggests.

Research published ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday claims genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Dafur have all been largely forgotten by the British public.

Some 53% of the 2,304 people asked could not name a post-Holocaust genocide, with the figure rising to 81% among 16-24 year-olds.

'Auschwitz victim's uniform' priced at £11,300 on eBay

Holocaust memorabilia found for sale on eBay included a complete Auschwitz uniform worn by a Polish baker who perished in the Nazi concentration camp, the Mail on Sunday reported.

The paper said the purported Holocaust artefact had been priced at £11,300 by the eBay vendor, a Ukrainian man based in Canada, who had sold another batch of clothing purporting to be linked to Auschwitz for £11,300 pounds last year.

The Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland where more than a million people were killed. Credit: Sojka Libor/Czech News Agency

Other items reported to be for sale included shoes and a toothbrush belonging to a death camp victim and Star of David armbands used to mark out Jews for persecution.

The newspaper said eBay had been unable to say how long such items may have been for sale on its website.

EBay 'very sorry' about Holocaust items

EBay has apologised after memorabilia from the Holocaust was found for sale on the site.

The company, which receives a commission on items sold and charges vendors a listing fee, released a statement saying:

We are very sorry these items have been listed on eBay and we are removing them. We don't allow listings of this nature, and dedicate thousands of staff to policing our site and use the latest technology to detect items that shouldn't be for sale.

We very much regret that we didn't live up to our own standards. We have made a donation to charity to reflect our concern.

– Ebay statement


Holocaust memorabilia 'found on eBay'

EBay has removed from its listings around 30 items of memorabilia from the Nazi Holocaust, including clothes worn by concentration camp victims, after a Mail on Sunday investigation discovered they were on sale on the auction website.

EBay has apologised for listing the items and removed them from sale. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The newspaper said its reporters found a range of items on the site over the past week, including what was presented by the vendor as a complete Auschwitz uniform worn by a Polish baker who perished in the Nazi death camp.

The Mail on Sunday said it had alerted eBay and that the online auctioneer had removed 30 items from sale and offered to make a donation of £25,000 to a suitable charity.