Kopolow Federation Building
12 Millstone Campus
St. Louis, MO
A documentary film, produced and directed by Gary Hochman.
Introduction by Dr. Richard Freund, Maurice Greenberg Professor of History at the University of Hartford and Director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford.
This is the story of one man's attempt to understand what happened to his family during the Holocaust. The documentary chronicles the work of Yoram Haimi, an Israeli Antiquities Authority regional supervisor and a graduate student at the Ben Gurion of the Negev University, who during the last decade has made an attempt, using archaeology, to uncover more information about his uncles who perished at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland. The sub-surface camp was extensively mapped using state of the art technology, including ground-penetrating radar, to insure that the burials of the victims who died there would not be disturbed. The excavations have uncovered the artifacts of the victims in their original locations along the walkways, the buildings and installations used in the extermination of the nearly 250,000 Jews brought to the site and who never returned. The camp is being systematically excavated and the documentary shows how technology, conventional field archaeology and the testimonies of the survivors can be used together to uncover this history of the Holocaust that was nearly hidden for all time.