In times of war, it’s sometimes hard to tell the goodies from the baddies. While the history books will tell it one way, there’s almost always two different ways to look at one situation. But if there’s one political group from history that were undeniably, unquestionably the bad guys, it’s the Nazis.
The Nazis were single-handedly responsible for killing 11 million people, including six million Jews and 1.5 million children. If that’s not a description of bare-faced evil, I don’t know what is. In fact, the Nazis were so evil that it’s hard to comprehend that they ever existed at all. The fictionalization of the Nazis in TV and film has turned them into an almost cartoon-like figment of our historical imagination.
It’s only when we discover real-life artifacts and speak to people who were actually there at the time that the Holocaust is brought back to life. The recent discovery of a sinister Nazi time capsule, for example, has brought Hitler and his followers back into reality.
Discovered in the Polish town of Zlocieniec, which was controlled by Germany until 1945, the time capsule contains some of the most well-preserved Nazi artifacts our generation has ever seen.
The newly-discovered time capsule was discovered underneath the Ordensburg Krossinsee center, which was built in 1934 to train future Nazi leaders. Archaeologists have known the capsule was there for decades, but were unable to get to it until now thanks to a combination of groundwater, concrete, and German mines.
What they discovered inside the capsule included original copies of Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf, an original Nazi badge, and envelopes filled with coins, photos and letters. The capsule also included a book documenting 600 years of the town’s history, and newspapers from 1934.
Photos of Hitler and other prominent Nazi members were enclosed, along with letters and postcards from the time. It is believed the memorabilia was deposited on April 22, 1934, when the Nazi training center was being built.
This article originally appeared on Viral Thread.