The Fascinating World of Time Capsules

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Holocaust Time Capsule

While conducting repairs on a home in Amsterdam, an electrician discovered inside a crawl space a suitcase wrapped in newspaper containing visa applications to the U.S. that Holocaust victims filled out 76 years ago. This time capsule was traced to the suitcase back to the Redlich family, a household of two parents and their two sons, Peter and Gunther, who fled Hamburg in 1938 for Amsterdam.

The time capsule was a suitcase which also contained a letter that he sent to his parents from Mauthausen soon after arriving there. “I am well and you needn’t worry about me,” the letter read. Peter was arrested during a raid in Amsterdam and sent to a concentration camp in the Netherlands and from there to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.