STORY BY STEPHEN J. THORNE
Archeologists have uncovered a rare set of artifacts from a former hospital at the site of a notorious prisoner-of-war camp where more than 40,000 Allied captives, including Canadians, died during the Second World War.
The dig was conducted in an overgrown area of what was once the Lamsdorf PoW camp—specifically, the principal subcamp of Stalag VIII known as Stalag VIIIB in what is now Łambinowice, Poland. The archeologists uncovered syringes, a razor fragment, underwear and uniform buttons, utensils and remnants of a heating stove.
“It was a part of the camp that had never before been the subject of field research,” said the project’s head, Dawid Kobiałka of the University of Łódź Institute of Archaeology in central Poland.
“Even the precise location of its individual buildings and their present state of preservation was unknown.”