COULD IT GET ANY WORSE: New Mass Grave Found at Bergen-Belsen
New Mass Grave Found at Bergen-Belsen
Dutch researchers said Friday they believe they have uncovered a new mass grave at the former Nazi death camp of Bergen-Belsen, almost exactly 70 years after it was liberated.
The mass grave, measuring 16 by 4 meters (52 feet by 13 feet) was pinpointed using ex-inmates’ testimony and is believed to be the final resting place of Dutch Resistance worker Jan Verschure, Dutch television news program Nieuwsuur reported, according to AFP.
The grave of countless Jewish victims was tracked by Verschure’s grandson Paul, who spoke to survivors of the concentration camp where some 70,000 people were murdered by the genocidal Nazis between 1941-45, located in northern Germany’s Lower Saxony region.
“One of them gave me a map on which he marked where my grandfather was buried,” Verschure told Nieuwsuur.
The spot is located at the end of the camp’s former main road and is today just a grassy field.
There are few signs left of the horror camp, torched by British troops shortly after it was liberated on April 15, 1945 to prevent the spread of deadly diseases such as typhus.
Many of the dead were bulldozed into unmarked mass graves around the camp, with up to 10,000 people believed to have been buried in the area.
Dutch archeologist Ivar Schute, who has done an initial probe said he believed there was indeed a mass grave on the spot.
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