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Holocaust Victim's Clue Reunites Family

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(Yoram Haimi, Israel Antiquities Authority via AP)

By    |   Monday, 13 November 2017 10:30 AM

A Holocaust victim’s clue – a pendant the 14-year-old dropped on the way to the gas chamber – will reunite a family more than 70 years later. Some believe the pendant has a connection to Anne Frank.

The triangular pendant belonging to Karoline Cohn was found where she dropped it on the pathway leading to the gas chambers at the Sobibor extermination camp during the holocaust, Time reported.

A team of archaeologists led by Yoram Haimi came across the pendant last year when excavating the camp’s site.

After a photograph of the pendant was released by the Israel Antiquities Authority Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial said it appears identical to one belonging to Anne Frank, the famous diarist.

Yad Vashem said it has ascertained the pendant may have been connected to Frank.  Both were born in Frankfurt in 1929 and historians have found no other pendants like theirs.

The triangular piece has the words "Mazal Tov" written in Hebrew on one side along with Cohn's date of birth and the Hebrew letter "heh," an initial for God, as well as three Stars of David on the other.

After making the discovery, Haimi set about trying to find the owner, going through thousands of names contained in the Yad Vashem online deportation database until he found a match – Karoline Crohn, who was born in Frankfurt on July 3, 1929, The New York Times reported.

After news of the discovery emerged, amateur genealogist Chaim Motzen began to piece together Karoline Cohn’s family tree and reach out to her surviving family members.

Over the next few months he was able to identify family members around the world, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.

Now more than 30 of Karoline Cohn’s relatives are set to gather in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, to honor the young girl’s memory at a special memorial.

A small brass plaque featuring the inscription of her date of her birth and place of deportation at her last known address will be installed by artist Gunter Demnig.

While visiting Germany, Karoline Crohn’s first cousin, Barry Eisemann of Arlington, Virginia, will take his daughter Mandy Eisemann and her children to visit his father’s birth town, Bad Orb.

“I wanted them to experience this because it’s not just our family history which they should know about, but also Jewish history and world history,” Mandy Eisemann said via The Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

“I want them to understand how fortunate we are to be here.”

Commenting on the discovery of the pendant, Haimi said that Karoline Cohn’s story was important as it helped to uncover another piece of history.

“Everyone had forgotten this girl, but now no one will forget,” he said, according to the Times.

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A Holocaust victim’s clue – a pendant the 14-year-old dropped on the way to the gas chamber – will reunite a family more than 70 years later. Some believe the pendant has a connection to Anne Frank.
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