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Jewish treasure, Nazi rubbish


Germany, 1938, and the Nazi regime finally reveals where its policies towards the Jews are heading; destruction.

Kristallnacht, the 70th anniversary of which falls on November the ninth, was an orgy of looting, arson and violence. Germany’s Jews were turned out onto the streets, and in the aftermath what remained of their shattered comunities was swept up and thrown onto public rubbish dumps.

Seven years later and the 1,000-year Reich was
lying next to it, as people hurriedly dumped anything from the Nazi era once the war was lost.

Now a Jewish journalist claims to have found one such dump north of Berlin, and is intent on rescuing what he can before professional scavengers, active since the fall of Communism, destroy the site’s historical value.

“If I take this to Israel, to Yad Vashem, you’ll get every visitor who is a Jew saying ‘Oh, this is what was in our house 50 or 60 years ago’. Are you asking me what the treasure is? For me as a Jew, if this turns out , and I’m not saying it is, but if this turns out to be a Jewish bowl from before the war, it’s a treasure,” says Yaron Svoray.

The site is now being studied by the Brandenburg
state archaeologist.

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