Forensic archaeologist wins award for Hitler film

Congratulations to forensic archaeologist Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls (BA Ancient History and Archaeology, 2007; PhD Arcaeology, 2012), who won a CINE award for her film Treblinka: Hitler's Secret Killing Machine.

Caroline was granted unprecedented access to excavate one of history's greatest crime scenes, Hitler's secret extermination camp in the Polish village of Treblinka. Here, between 1942 and 1943, 900,000 Jews were sent to their deaths, but for 70 years, all evidence of the camp and its victims had vanished... until now. Shown on the Smithsonian Channel in the USA, the film follows Caroline's quest to unearth the processing rooms, gas chambers, and mass graves Hitler tried to erase from existence. She began the research for the documentary while studying for her PhD at Birmingham.

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