Holocaust-Era Mass Grave Found In Romania

November 7th, 2010 - 8:09 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
graveBucharest, Nov 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A mass grave consisting of several bodies of Jews victims, killed by the Romanian army during World War 2, was dug at Vulturi forest in Propricani, in northeastern Romania. The Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, who is responsible for this discovery said that there could be a hundred more lying inside.

As of now, the research team has discovered only sixteen such bodies. They said that their excavation has been quite superficial so far, which made them discover just a few. There are bodies of hundred such unfortunate Jews who were jeopardized and engraved inside that particular site. Elie Wiesel Institute head Alexandru Florian said that is this the epitome of all the evidences regarding crimes against the Jews during the Second World War. He said that this is the first time since 1945 that a mass grave has been discovered. In 1945, 311 corpses were discovered from three locations situated at Stanca Roznovanu. It was reported that a probe was launched by two military prosecutors and one civilian prosecutor after the remains were discovered. More research will be conducted by A.D. Xenopol Institute of History and the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in order to state the age and sex of the remains. They will also try to determine whether they were subjected to any type of physical violence.

Studies show that there were more than 750,000 Jews who used to reside in Romania before the World War 2, which has now reduced to 10,000. There were no research conducted on Holocaust for a long period of time, as it was considered as a taboo under the communist government in Romania. However, it was encouraged after 2006.

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