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Remains of Jewish victims killed for skeleton collection of Nazi anatomy professor buried

September 7th, 2015

The remains of Jewish victims who were killed for the skeleton collection of Nazi anatomy professor August Hirt were buried in northeastern France on Sunday, according to an AFP journalist.

Discovered at a forensic medical institute in eastern France in July, the remains were interred during a ceremony at a cemetery in Strasbourg, attended by prominent local leaders as well as members of the Jewish community and the city’s chief rabbi.

In 1943, 86 Jews were sent to the gas chambers and their bodies brought to Strasbourg, which was then under Nazi occupation, where Hirt was assembling a macabre collection of corpses.

Members of the Jewish community of Strasbourg lower a coffin bearing the remains of a Jewish victim of Nazi anatomist August Hirt

The bodies, some intact, others dismembered or burned, were found in November 1944 after the liberation of Strasbourg, in bins filled with distilled alcohol. Following an autopsy, they were buried in a common grave in 1946.

But two months ago, historian Raphael Toledano found other undiscovered remains at a forensic medicine institute in the city.

Working with the institute’s director, Jean-Sebastien Raul, Mr Toledano managed to identify several of the body parts, including “a jar containing skin fragments of a gas chamber victim“.

Test-tubes containing the intestine and stomach of one of the victims was also found.

Hirt committed suicide in July 1945, before the Nuremberg trials.

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3,000 unexploded Second World War bombs may be buried in Berlin

January 5th, 2015

No one is really sure how much unexploded ordnance is buried under the German city, but a new estimate by the Berlin senate put the figure at 3,000, BZ, a local newspaper, reported.

And around 10,000 people had to be evacuated from the historic city of Postsdam, just outside Berlin, in December after a 550lb (250kg) bomb was found there.

The city’s main Tegel airport had to be closed to flights for half an hour after a bomb was found there last October.

It is not known where the remaining 3,000 bombs are, but airports, the railway network and factories were particularly targeted by the Allies, so those areas are thought to be at higher risk. There is also thought to be a lot of unexploded ordnance left over in Berlin’s extensive forests.

Bombed buildings in Berlin, 1945 (Alamy)

After such a long time, there is thought to be little risk of the bombs being detonated unless they are disturbed, a police source told BZ, although bombs with a chemical fuse are an exception.

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