Romania's Jewish community buries WW2 victims

By REUTERS
April 4, 2011 18:02

 
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IASI, Romania - Romania's Jewish community buried on Monday the remains of dozens of Jews killed by Romanian troops during World War Two and found in a mass grave in the north of the country.

The memorial, dedicated to about 60 victims unearthed in a forest area near the village of Popricani, took place in the Jewish cemetery of Iasi in northeastern Romania. Archaeologists unearthed the mass grave in November.

Quoting witnesses, the Elie Wiesel Institute said more than 100 Jews -- men and women, including elderly people, and children -- were buried there. The site was in an area through which Romanian and German troops advanced at the start of their invasion of the Soviet Union.

"We gathered here to bury remains of 60 Jews murdered 70 years ago ... This moment marks a duty of ours," Aurel Vainer, head of the Federation of the Jewish Communities in Romania told Reuters.

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