ANTIQUES Roadshow specialist Mark Smith was moved to tears on Sunday night after a woman brought memories of her family’s days to a WWII concentration camp.
The woman appeared on the show to discuss three small metal pins her family made while trapped in a camp during the Holocaust.
In an even more gruesome story, she then revealed that they were part of an ‘exhibition camp’, which was used by the Nazis as photo opportunities to show how much they cared. of their prisoners.
The three medallions – a watering can, a dog and a shield – were all made and belonged to his mother and grandmother since their time at the Theresienstadt camp.
“My mother was in the choir,” the woman explained, adding that one of the medals marked her mother’s 16th birthday.
“She was never a singer, but there was an incredible Czech composer who was captured there. He managed to have an underground choir rehearse every night and they managed to learn the entire Requiem.
“When the Nazis realized this was happening, they thought, ‘let’s show them well, show them how much we treat these people’ and they gave a concert at the Red Cross and showed them.
Members of his family, including his uncle and grandfather, were then taken to Auschwitz, where his uncle was killed three days before his 21st birthday.
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A strangled Mark then said to him, “These are some of the darkest days in human history, and these three little things represent hope and a fact that someday things will get back to normal.”
“These are Holocaust artifacts, and I never think it’s fair to value them.”
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on BBC One.