Germany not to test for Holocaust survivor's dad

December 1, 2005 05:09


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A Holocaust survivor expressed disappointment over a German decision not to conduct DNA tests on bodies found in a mass grave from World War II, dashing his hopes of identifying his father's remains. Ephraim Kochba, 62, of Kibbutz Naan, said Wednesday he believes his father is one of 34 people buried in the mass grave, discovered on a US Army base by construction workers in September. He criticized the decision to drop the testing because of Orthodox Jewish objections. German police investigators determined the bodies were of the right age to be Holocaust victims forced to work at the then-German base between November 1944 and February 1945.

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