Remarkable Silver Brooch Survived Lodz Ghetto
Not just people, but relics, have incredible survival stories from the Holocaust, the Sham Olam (Heb: "The World is There") Institute for Holocaust Studies discovered Wednesday.
A silver brooch, or keepsake pin, was uncovered featuring artwork of the Lodz Ghetto and originating from within the ghetto walls.
The pin features the ghetto's fence and guard watchtower, as well as the letters "LW."
According to expert assessment, the keepsake pin was made around March 1943, and was a gift from a mother to her child in the ghetto to remember her by in the event she was sent to a death camp. Both mother and child may have been killed after being sent to the gas chambers in 1944, less than one year after the pin was made.
"This moving discovery tells a story of love between a son and his mother who wanted more than anything, through the oppression and destruction, to remember life beyond one of the densest and most brutal ghettos in Poland," Rabbi Abraham Krieger, who heads the Institute, stated to Arutz Sheva.
"Although they did not survive, the memory of their love prevails, and this talisman seems to remind us - especially when the grief from the lost soldiers in Operation Protective Edge is still fresh - that we must keep the spark of unity among us at all costs."
The Lodz Ghetto was the largest of the ghettos in Poland. Over 165,000 Jews were crammed into a small area at any given time, only 2.5 square kilometers (1.5 miles)
This week marked the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the ghetto. Out of the estimated 204,000 Jews to have lived there total, only 10,000 survived.