Dozens of skeletons executed by the Nazis in Poland are discovered 80 years later

Dozens of men, women and children executed by Nazis are discovered almost 80 years later after a Pole recalled seeing families taken away to die as a little boy

  • The skeletal remains of more than 25 men, women and children were discovered in Warsaw, Poland this week
  • The site was reported by an elderly resident who said he saw Nazi troops in the area as a child during World War II.
  • Historians will excavate the remains of the woodland mass grave and attempt to identify the victims

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The skeletal remains of more than 25 men, women and children shot dead by Nazi troops during World War II have been found in the woods of the Polish capital, Warsaw.

The macabre discovery by the country’s Institute of National Remembrance came as a result of an intelligence from an elderly resident who recalled seeing German troops bringing people to the area.

Posted on Twitter, the Institute’s Tomasz Trzaska said: “The remains of several dozen people, including women and children, were found in a mass grave.

“The current state of work allows us to conclude that the remains of at least 25 people were buried at the discovered site.”

The skeletal remains of more than 25 men, women and children shot dead by Nazi troops during World War II have been discovered in the woods of the Polish capital, Warsaw

The gruesome discovery by the country's National Institute of Remembrance came as a result of an intelligence from an elderly resident who recalled seeing German troops leading people into the area.

The gruesome discovery by the country’s National Institute of Remembrance came as a result of an intelligence from an elderly resident who recalled seeing German troops leading people into the area.

Historians were taken to a forest between Choszczówka and Legionowo, where they found the mass grave which has not been discovered for 80 years.

Historians were taken to a forest between Choszczówka and Legionowo, where they found the mass grave which has not been discovered for 80 years.

“Information about this place was given to us by a witness who, as a child, saw and remembered that the Germans had driven several people to this place.

“He was a few years old at the time, 7 maybe 8. Our historians have investigated and confirmed this supposition.

“Monday, we started the preparations, secured the site. Tuesday we made the discovery.

The number of skeletons has since increased to 29.

Tomasz Trzaska of the Institute said on Twitter:

Tomasz Trzaska of the Institute said on Twitter: “The remains of several dozen people, including women and children, were found in a mass grave.”

Trzaska added that the Institute was driven to the site by a seven or eight year old resident during World War II.

Trzaska added that the Institute was driven to the site by a seven or eight year old resident during World War II.

Skeletal remains of at least 29 people have been found since the site was discovered on Tuesday

Skeletal remains of at least 29 people have been found since the site was discovered on Tuesday

In addition to the remains of adults and children, items of clothing were also found, including buttons, belts, shoes

In addition to the remains of adults and children, items of clothing were also found, including buttons, belts, shoes

The Institute said the bodies were placed close to each other, indicating that the soldiers forced their victims to lie down in the death pits just before executing them.

In addition to the remains of adults and children, clothing items were also found, including buttons, belts, shoes.

According to documents released by the Central Archives of Modern Archives, the massacre most likely took place in 1943, as secret reports confirm that mass killings took place in this part of Warsaw.

A report from the Polish resistance in World War II states: “On the morning of July 3, four vehicles brought about 100 people, including several women, into the forest between Choszczówka and Legionowo.

“They were ordered to dig ditches and then they were all shot.”

The institute said the newly discovered remains will now be examined in the hope that they will be able to identify who the victims were.

It is estimated that nearly six million Polish civilians were killed during World War II.

More than 90 percent were non-military casualties of the German forces which invaded the country in September 1939 and of the Soviets who invaded the country two weeks later.

According to documents released by the Central Archives of Modern Archives, the massacre most likely took place in 1943, as secret reports confirm that massacres in this part of Warsaw took place then

According to documents released by the Central Archives of Modern Archives, the massacre most likely took place in 1943, as secret reports confirm that massacres in this part of Warsaw took place then

The institute said the newly discovered remains will now be examined in the hope that they will be able to identify who the victims were.

The institute said the newly discovered remains will now be examined in the hope that they will be able to identify who the victims were.

The institute said the bodies were placed close to each other, saying the soldiers forced their victims to lie down in the death pits immediately before executing them.

The institute said the bodies were placed close to each other, indicating that the soldiers forced their victims to lie down in the death pits immediately before executing them.

It is estimated that nearly six million Polish civilians were killed during World War II.  Over 90 percent were non-military casualties from German forces who invaded the country in September 1939, and the Soviets who invaded two weeks later

It is estimated that nearly six million Polish civilians were killed during World War II. Over 90 percent were non-military casualties from German forces who invaded the country in September 1939, and the Soviets who invaded two weeks later

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