On Wednesday, the Polish National Memory Institute said a mass grave containing human ashes equivalent to 8,000 people was discovered near a former Nazi concentration camp in Poland.
The institute, which investigates crimes committed during the Nazi occupation of Poland and the communist era, said the remains were unearthed near the Soldau concentration camp, now known as Dzialdowo, north of Warsaw.
Nazi Germany built the camp when it occupied Poland
As we have mentioned in AmericanPost.News Nazi Germany built the camp when it occupied Poland during World War II, using it as a place of transit, internment, and extermination for Jews, political opponents, and members of the Polish political elite.
Estimates have put the number of prisoners killed at Soldau at 30,000, but the actual number has never been established.
According to researcher Tomasz Jankowski, the grim discovery of around 17.5 tons of human ashes means at least 8,000 people can be claimed to have died there.
The estimate is based on the weight of the remains, with two kilograms roughly corresponding to one body.
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Studies will be carried out to find out more about the identity of the victims.
The victims buried in the mass grave “were probably killed in around 1939 and mostly belonged to Polish elites,” Jankowski said.
In 1944, Nazi authorities ordered Jewish prisoners to dig up the bodies and burn them to remove evidence of war crimes.
Andrzej Ossowski, a genetics researcher at the Pomeranian Medical University, told AFP that samples were taken from the ashes and will be studied in a laboratory in Poland.
“We can carry out DNA analysis, which will allow us to know more about the identity of the victims,” he added. Similar studies have been conducted in the former Nazi camps of Sobibor and Treblinka.