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Nazi detention camp trash pit excavated

Archaeologists in the Netherlands have excavated the trash pit of Westerbork, a WWII Nazi detention camp, and interviewed one of the people who survived the camp about seeing some of the recovered artifacts.

Micha Schliesser picks the undamaged lid of a butter dish out of one of the boxes with excavated objects. “I don’t quite understand, who would take this along?” Archeologist and project leader Ivar Schute says not many toys from the war have been found. Just a dice, some domino stones and a few glass marbles. Schliesser can’t remember there being any toys.

“Most likely we played children’s games, tag or hide and seek. Most of the children didn’t know what toys were.”

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Story: Johan Huizinga, RNW | Photo: RNW

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