Using advanced optical technology, a historian and technologist spent a year deciphering a letter hidden in a thermos bottle by Greek Jew Marcel Nadjari when he served as a Sonderkommando in Auschwitz during World War II.
The Salonika Jew buried his thirteen-page testimony next to a crematorium, where it was discovered in 1980, nine years after his death.
“We all suffer things here that the human mind cannot imagine,” he wrote. “…Many times I thought of simply continuing on with the others into the chamber, to death. What stopped me from doing that, however, was the strong wish to avenge the deaths of my mother and father, and my little, beloved sister.”