The conservators discovered a false bottom in an enameled mug that contained something incredible. Instead of turning over their valuables to a Nazi soldier, one brave unknown Jewish person hid two treasures secretly inside.
After an x-ray to determine the positioning of the contents was complete, staff members from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum carefully unveiled a gold ring and necklace stored away inside the mug!
Piotr Cywinski, the Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, told CNN that whoever hid the items knew that German soldiers planned on taking everything.
"The hiding of valuable items.... proves on the one hand to the awareness of the victims as to the robbery nature of the deportation, but on the other hand it shows that the Jewish families constantly had a ray of hope that these items will be required for their existence."
Even in the worst of times, the people trapped in Auschwitz never gave up hope that their valuables would one day be retrieved.
According to a press release, both the necklace and ring will be taken care of properly.
"[They will be stored] in the form reflecting the manner in which it had been hidden by the owner, as a testimony to the fate of the Jews deported to the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp."
The owner of these treasures were right to remain hopeful, at least in this sense. Their valuables were successfully recovered and honored in the best way possible today!