OŚWIĘCIM, Poland (Christian Examiner) – It is a small token illustrating the defiance of the human spirit – a carved wooden shoe, only one-quarter of an inch long and attached to a small chain.
What is likely a primitive piece of jewelry – which the Nazis forbade concentration camp prisoners from wearing – was found earlier this month between bricks in the attic wall of a building in Auschwitz.
The UK Daily Mail reports the tiny clog was found by maintenance workers doing routine upkeep on a building at the Budy-Bor sub-camp, part of the Auschwitz camp system that has been preserved as a memorial to Holocaust victims and a reminder of the cruelty of Adolf Hitler's regime during World War II.
Sponsored Watch Your Favorite Christian Films, 24/7. Click Here To Start Your Free Trial Today
Agnieszka Molenda, chairman of the Foundation of Memory Sites Near Auschwitz-Birkenau (FPMP), said the clog could have been a symbol of resistance. The fact that it is a clog could also indicate that the person who carved it was from Holland, where the shoe is a national symbol.
The barracks, however, was also the site of the massacre of 90 French-Jewish women, beaten to death by Nazi prison guards, on Oct. 5, 1942. Molenda said it might have belonged to one of the victims of that atrocity.
To read the full story, click here.