Auschwitz: River releases skeletons from mass grave

Warsaw – Horror find near Auschwitz-Birkenau (Poland)!

Walkers found dozens of bones and skulls in a dry river near the former SS extermination camp. Apparently they were washed up by the water. Experts suspect that the remains came from a mass grave.

A year ago, the Soła River, which flows through the nearby town of Oświęcim (Auschwitz), released human bones. The public prosecutor’s office then dated it to the middle of the 20th century. Exactly from whom the remains came remained unclear.

Now residents found skulls, teeth including jaws, pelvic bones and many other human remains while walking along the river.

Two bones on the river bankPhoto: AGENCJA GAZETA / VIA REUTERS

Wojciech Skrzypczyk (28) told the Polish newspaper “Gazeta Wyborzca”: “That was a sight that can hardly be put into words. I counted ten skulls and about 20 human skeletons. A whole field full of pelvic and rib bones as well as the lower jaw. “

The people in this region are used to coming across remains of bones from time to time. Because every year the river releases a few bones when the water recedes. It is often remnants from the past that the river washes free or has carried away with it from a distance of several kilometers. But this time it is different. The resident: “I’ve never seen anything like it in such a large number. There were so many bones – about 25 to 30 meters from a mass grave ”. He informed the police and officers cordoned off the area.

First finds a year ago

In fact, there were significant bone finds in this area a year ago. One historian recalls: “We expected some visible remains, but as we walked to the river bank, we saw a forest of bones that just protruded from the slope.” Presumably the slope was washed free by the river and the bones emerged.

The police informed the Institute for Public Remembrance, which deals with crimes from the Nazi and Communist times. But since then nothing has happened, criticizes the newspaper “Skrzypczyk”.

The currently found bone fragments were secured for an examination by forensic experts. But whose remains are so far unclear.

Experts from the Institute for Public Remembrance believe it is a mass grave of prisoners who were imprisoned under inhumane conditions on the site of the former extermination camp between April 1945 and 1947.

Historians also suspect that the discovery of the bones could be related to when the Soviet victors converted the former “KL Auschwitz-Birkenau” into a camp for German prisoners of war. But it could also be the remains of Soviet prisoners locked up as deserters.

The former concentration camp in Auschwitz

The former concentration camp in AuschwitzPhoto: EPA

In a recent investigation, the Institute for Public Remembrance accused Soviet functionaries of exposing Germans to death in the camp simply because of their nationality, by withholding them food and medicine – which is why the dead could possibly be Wehrmacht soldiers or administrative officials at the time.

Only one thing seems certain: the bones apparently tell of a crime against humanity and a violation of international law.


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