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The Province
Friday, April 8, 1994
Page A20


United Press International

NAHARIAH, Israel - A museum has discovered evidence of a Masada-style
mass suicide at a Nazi work camp in Poland, officials said yesterday.

The Ghetto Fighters Museum in northern Israel found descriptions of
the 1943 incident in three letters and a diary from prisoners at the
Kolin work camp.

Fifteen men, realizing they were to be sent to death camps, planned to
poison their guards, burn down the barracks and kill themselves. They
did burn some barracks and eight of them hanged themselves.

In AD 73, Jews in the Masada fortress committed mass suicide rather
than surrender to the Romans.

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