Austrian govt finds mass graves of Nazi victims
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 00:05
  
Vienna: At least two mass graves containing dozens of people killed by the Nazis have been found on property used by the Austrian army, government officials said on Friday.

An army statement suggested some of the remains may be that of US pilots shot down and imprisoned during World War II.

Police Col Rudolf Gollia, an interior ministry spokesman, said his ministry plans talks with the owners of the site to discuss exhumation, adding it was not yet clear whether the army owned the property or was renting it.

The mass graves are located in bomb craters underneath an army sports field in the southern city of Graz. Officials said they contain about 70 bodies of victims killed by the SS to eliminate witnesses to Nazi atrocities shortly before Soviet troops arrived.

The graves were identified from wartime photos, made from US bombers, showing open graves and bodies. US authorities made the imagery available on request of Austrian historians tasked two years ago by Defence Minister Norbert Darabos with researching documented war crimes at the site, used by the SS during World War II.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 00:05


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