Auschwitz Museum discovers jewelry hidden in victim’s mug
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Auschwitz Museum discovers jewelry hidden in victim’s mug

Gold ring made in Poland to go on display after staffers find item stashed in false bottom of enamel mug

A woman presents on May 19, 2016 a metal mug with a double bottom in which a gold ring and necklace were found by employees of the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Oswiecim, Poland.
More than 70 years after the liberation of the World War II camp in occupied Poland, staff discovered the jewellery in a rusting enamel mug, one of thousands of pieces of kitchenware now on display at the museum. (Bartosz Siedlik/AFP)
A woman presents on May 19, 2016 a metal mug with a double bottom in which a gold ring and necklace were found by employees of the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Oswiecim, Poland. More than 70 years after the liberation of the World War II camp in occupied Poland, staff discovered the jewellery in a rusting enamel mug, one of thousands of pieces of kitchenware now on display at the museum. (Bartosz Siedlik/AFP)

Staffers at the Auschwitz Museum have found a gold ring hidden in a false bottom of one of the cups on display in the main exhibition.

During conservation work on one of the enamel mugs, a double, or false, bottom was discovered, the museum said in a statement this week.

Inside the false bottom, the staffers discovered a women’s gold ring and a gold chain. Both items were tested and the lab determined, based on the properties of the gold, that they were likely made in Poland between 1921 and 1931.

“The hiding of valuable items — repeatedly mentioned in the accounts of survivors, and which was the reason for ripping and careful search of clothes and suitcases in the warehouse for looted items — proves on the one hand the awareness of the victims as to the robbery nature of the deportation, but on the other hand it shows that the Jewish families constantly had a ray of hope that these items will be required for their future existence,” Piotr Cywinski, director of Auschwitz Museum, said in the statement.

A gold necklace that was found by curators of Auschwitz - Birkenau Museum in a metal mug with double bottom is pictured on May 19, 2016 in Oswiecim. (Bartosz Sidlik/AFP)
A gold necklace that was found by curators of Auschwitz – Birkenau Museum in a metal mug with double bottom is pictured on May 19, 2016 in Oswiecim. (Bartosz Sidlik/AFP)

The jewelry found in the mug will be displayed in a form reflecting the manner in which it had been hidden by the owner, the museum said.

The Collections of the Memorial features more than 12,000 enameled kitchenware items, including cups, pots, bowls, kettles and jugs.

A gold ring that was found by curators of Auschwitz - Birkenau Museum in a metal mug with double bottom is pictured on May 19, 2016 in Oswiecim. (Bartosz Siedlik/AFP)
A gold ring that was found by curators of Auschwitz – Birkenau Museum in a metal mug with double bottom is pictured on May 19, 2016 in Oswiecim. (Bartosz Siedlik/AFP)
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