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        Holocaust Escape Tunnel | Testament to Courage

        Join archaeologists, geologists, and engineers as they uncover the truth about an astonishing story—told by a handful of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust—of a secret escape tunnel, dug by hand, in these video excerpts from NOVA: Holocaust Escape Tunnel. Using new technologies, scientists were not only able to locate the tunnel, they also were able to reveal the extent of Nazi atrocities in Vilna, Lithuania—once a vibrant center of Jewish life and culture. This resource is part of the NOVA Collection.

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        Unanswered Questions

        Discover the questions that scientists set out to answer about the Holocaust and the fate of Jews in the “killing pits” of the Ponar forest outside Vilna, Lithuania.

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        Using Technology to Investigate History

        Examine the methods used to overcome the challenges faced by scientists—including the small dimensions of the tunnel and the sandy soil of the area—as they investigate the existence and extent of the Holocaust escape tunnel.

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        Revealing the Truth

        See how modern technology enabled scientists to verify the survivors’ stories of the tunnel, bringing new information for historians and a small sense of closure for the survivors’ children.

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        A Culture Destroyed

        Explore how Vilna, once considered the “Jerusalem of the North” and a center of European Jewish civilization, thrived for hundreds of years before its destruction by the Nazis.

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