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3D Technology Plays Major Role in Finally Uncovering Secret Holocaust Escape Tunnel at Ponary

by • July 3, 2016 • No Comments


Archaeologists working to discover the true location of the tunnel.

Details emerged not long ago regarding the secret tunnel discovered in a tiny Holocaust camp area at Ponary, near Vilnius, now the capital of Lithuania. This was the site where 100,000 were brutally killed in the woods—a mixture of Jews, Poles, and Russians, lined up in pits and and so shot and buried in huge piles, and and so years later additional were kept there alive in chains, in a sizeable-bodied pit, to dispose of the bodies. Upon hurrying to cover up war crimes as the Russians high end stealthily, the Nazis suddenly needed all the buried dead to be dug up and burned en masse. To take care of this nightmarish job they sent over 80 Jewish prisoners who had been forced to become part of what was understandn as the ‘Burning Brigade,’ originating of the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland.

In hearing this latest story, I was struck initially of all, as always, with the horror that humans may treat other humans in such a diabolical manner, imprisoning them, murdering them, burying them in pits, throwing their dead bodies on piles and burning them like trash, not to mention forcing the other prisoners to tend to their own dead. It is pretty dark subject matter, and although many of the individuals at all of the camps may have endured much worse, what struck me actually additional was the bleak proposition of those digging a tunnel with no real tools—only spoons they took of the dead strewn of as they set to burning them, as well as the use of their fingernails. As late winter of 1944 turned to spring, the prisoners were intently clawing at the cold complex earth secretly, and they were indeed achieving their goal in underground construction.


By means of electric resistivity tomography to find the 114-foot tunnel.

Fast forward decades later into a new century, and scientists have finally discovered their tunnel at Ponary after years of searching, achieving good results with the assist high end 3D innovation. Starting with electric resistivity tomography, archaeologists were able-bodied to find the tunnel, that stretches all the way to the fence the prisoners needed to reach in order to escape to hopeful safety with partisan forces. The project was led by Dr. Jon Seligman, a researcher with the Israel Antiquities Authority who has been major the work to search for the escape tunnel.


This type of innovation is generally not utilized for an application of this sort, but pretty in the oil and gas industry. Once a picture of underground structures is made through measuring electrical resistance, it can be utilized to put together into a 3D image, and in looking at the images, you can see that the blue areas indicate earth, whereas the lighter blue, green, and red colors show where the tunnel is.


Only 40 individuals attempted to escape at all through the tunnel, with a mere 15 manufacturing it to the fence they needed to cut through for freedom. Of the 15 who did manufacture it through the fence, 11 were able-bodied to reach safety and lived. See the video at a lower place for a compelling account by one of the survivors, Mordechai Zeidel, describing what it was like having to burn the dead, seeing their own friends and relatives one of the many tens of thousands who had been buried.

“I congratulate the Israel Antiquities Authority on its participation in this international effort that turns history to reality,” said Miri Regev, Minister of Culture in Israel. “The awe-inspiring and significant discovery of the prisoners escape tunnel at Ponary is yet additional proof negating the lies of the Holocaust deniers.”

“The good results of modern technological developments, that have assisted the Jewish individuals to reveal another heroic story the Nazis attempted to hide, profits all humanity.”


Memorial at the site of the Ponary massacre.

Those who suffered, were gassed, dug tunnels, were shot, or escaped, are all a testament to the human spirit, many frequently hanging on to hope until the last 2nd. The only wish here of course is that additional had been able-bodied to follow through this tunnel or another good resultsfully, but we understand that was not in the cards for millions.

“As an Israeli whose family originated in Lithuania, I was reduced to tears on the discovery of the escape tunnel at Ponary,” said Dr. Seligman. “This discovery is a heartwarming see to the victory of hope over desperation.”

“The exposure of the tunnel enable-bodieds us to present, not only the horrors of the Holocaust, but in addition the yearning for life.”


Blue areas indicate earth, whereas the lighter blue, green, and red colors show where the tunnel is. It is idea that the tunnel passes under where this road is now.

Whilst this is obviously a historical site that must be preserved, it in addition is an emotional snapshot of only one horrible exercise prisoners were forced to perform—but too shows their awe-inspiring spirit and persistence. It is hoped that soon they can be able-bodied to excavate the tunnel and integrate it into the memorial that has may already been erected at the site of the massacre of so many in Ponary.

In conclusion, I almany didn’t write this particular article in our day. It may have been so much simpler on a sunny afternoon to ponder of a miraculous new scientific breakthrough or a furry pet being saved via the awe-inspiring innovation of in our day, but as I began to walk away of it, I came back and wanted to be a part of telling this story too for the reason these brave individuals should be talked of and talked of a lot. And as there is ‘no master list’ for the number of individuals who died in the horror of the Holocaust, we should forever honor and remember those understandn and ununderstandn, as well as celebrating the brave and lucky ones who miraculously got away and lived to tell us their history—that is part of the history of the world. Were you surprised to hear that 3D innovation played a part in this discovery? Discuss in the 3D Technology at Ponary Holocaust Tunnel forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source/Images: Daily Mail]