Auschwitz Museum Lends Personal Items to Yad Vashem

More than 50 personal items belonging to Auschwitz victims have been loaned to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum.

The shipment, which arrived recently in Israel, was unveiled last week in the presence of Polish Foreign Minister Sladislaw Bartoszewski, himself a survivor of Auschwitz. He now serves as chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum’s international advisory council.

Items include a canister of Zyklon-B, which was used in the gas chambers; toothbrushes; umbrella frames; and shoes and striped uniforms worn by prisoners.

Bartoszewski was among the first gentiles to be named a Righteous Among the Nations for efforts to save Jews during World War II.