The remains of 100 people were found near a former German concentration camp in Poland

Last week, the remains of about 100 people were found in mass graves located near a former German concentration camp in Poland. The bodies were identified as those of prisoners of war and Polish civilians deported, likely during the Warsaw Uprising.

This discovery was made possible amid archaeological research taking place in the area of one of the largest German prisoner-of-war camps, near Stargard (Stalag II-D). 

After Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Stalag II-D was first used for the incarceration of Polish civilians and soldiers. In the following years, the camp “hosted” prisoners from many other countries including Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the United States, and the Soviet Union among others. 

Several thousand people are buried in the area surrounding the former concentration camp, according to the researchers. A team of experts under the supervision of the Pomeranian Medical University (PUM) were the ones who discovered the aforementioned mass graves. 

In an interview given to the Polish Press Agency (PAP), professor of forensic science at PUM Andrzej Ossowski explained that items found on the bodies of men women, and children buried in one of the mass graves indicate their Polish nationality. Another grave contains prisoners of war, most of whom belonged to the Red Army.

After preliminary analysis, All the remains are now to be transported to the Medical University of Warsaw for genetic testing and additional research. The latter could potentially allow finding living relatives of the people who perished in Stalag II-D.


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Author: Sébastien Meuwissen