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Shoe of 10-year-old Jewish girl is unearthed in rubble of the Warsaw Ghetto

A leather shoe has been discovered among the rubble of the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and archaeologists say it belonged to a 10-year-old Jewish girl imprisoned there during World War II.

The little brown shoe is made of cheap material, nails and rope, but nothing is known about the girl who once wore it.

However, the artifact was found in the site of a bunker used by Jewish resistance fighters during the 1943 uprising.

This event, which took place on April 19, was the result of the flooding of German soldiers in the ghetto to deport the last remaining inhabitants who would be transported to concentration camps.

Thousands of Jewish fighters fought back against the soldiers, marking the largest and first uprising of Jews during World War II.

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A leather shoe has been discovered among the rubble of the Warsaw Ghetto that archaeologists believe belonged to a 10-year-old Jewish girl imprisoned in the ghetto during World War II

A leather shoe has been discovered among the rubble of the Warsaw Ghetto that archaeologists believe belonged to a 10-year-old Jewish girl imprisoned in the ghetto during World War II

The recent excavations, led by the Warsaw Ghetto Museum, began on June 7 and marks the first time in nearly 80 years that digging has been permitted in the area, as first reported by The first news

dr. Jacek Konik, an archaeologist and lead researcher, said in a statement: “We excavated this slipper a few days ago. [June 14]† It belonged to a girl of about ten.’

The shoe is lightweight and lacks the front part, but is otherwise intact.

The team also discovered stove tiles, ceramic floor tiles, cooking utensils, tools and other items used by the Jews who were forced into the ghetto.

The little brown shoe is made of cheap material, nails and rope, but nothing is known about the girl who once wore it

The little brown shoe is made of cheap material, nails and rope, but nothing is known about the girl who once wore it

The recent excavations, led by the Warsaw Ghetto Museum, started on June 7 and it is the first time in nearly 80 years that digging has been allowed in the area

The recent excavations, led by the Warsaw Ghetto Museum, started on June 7 and it is the first time in nearly 80 years that digging has been allowed in the area

The excavations are being carried out on a municipal plot near Miła, Dubois, Niska and Karmelicka in the Muranów District, which was called the Northern District before World War II and was mainly inhabited by Jews.

But from 1940 this area was enclosed within the border of the Warsaw Ghetto.

At its peak, as many as 460,000 Jews were imprisoned in the ghetto of just 2.3 square miles.

The small space was overcrowded, with an average of 9.2 people per room and the residents barely got anything to eat.

According to the Holocaust Encyclopedia83,000 Jews died of starvation and disease between 1940 and mid-1942.

The Warsaw Ghetto was also the first stop for Jews before being sent to concentration camps and massacres.

The excavations are being carried out on a municipal plot near Miła (pictured is a reconstruction of the bunker), Dubois, Niska and Karmelicka in the Muranów district, which before the Second World War was called the Northern District and was mainly inhabited by Jews

The excavations are being carried out on a municipal plot near Miła (pictured is a reconstruction of the bunker), Dubois, Niska and Karmelicka in the Muranów district, which before the Second World War was called the Northern District and was mainly inhabited by Jews

A total of 49,000 survivors were transported from Warsaw to camps and at least 7,000 Jews died in the fighting.  The Warsaw Ghetto was built in Poland in 1940

A total of 49,000 survivors were transported from Warsaw to camps and at least 7,000 Jews died in the fighting. The Warsaw Ghetto was built in Poland in 1940

In 1943, SS soldiers and police stormed the ghetto to collect the last remaining Jews to be shipped to concentration camps.

Resistance fighters, however, refused to stand still and fought back for four weeks until the Germans put an end to the exploitation of the ghetto on 16 May.

The bunker where the shoe was found is known as the Anielewicz Bunker, after the commander of the Jewish Combat Organization Mordechai Anielewicz (pictured)

The bunker where the shoe was found is known as the Anielewicz Bunker, after the commander of the Jewish Combat Organization Mordechai Anielewicz (pictured)

A total of 49,000 survivors were transported from Warsaw to camps and at least 7,000 Jews died in the fighting.

The bunker where the shoe was found is known as the Anielewicz Bunker, after the commander of the Jewish Combat Organization Mordechai Anielewicz.

The bunker was larger than most in the area and was filled with weapons and food for about 300 Jews.

SS soldiers surrounded the underground bunker on May 8, 1943, forcing many of the civilians in hiding to surrender.

However, the resistance fighters held out until German soldiers filled the bunker with poisonous gas.

Those who came out of the underground room committed suicide – a total of 120 people took their lives.

Only 15 people survived the attack, but some later died from the poisoning.

At the same time, the buried bunker became a mass grave, because no more excavations were carried out after 1945.

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