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March 25, 2023

WWII mass grave found in Iasi County

Dark secrets from Romania’s history are coming to light after 70 years as the bodies of several people believed to be Jews executed during the Holocaust were found in a mass grave in Iasi County, Antena 3 reports. There are two possibilities that could unravel the mystery of the mass grave. The bodies most likely belong to Jews brought from Iasi and executed in the Vulturi forest during the Holocaust. The authorities however state that there is the possibility the bodies could belong to Romanian soldiers that fought alongside the Germans against the Soviet Union. But the team of archaeologists is leaning toward the first option, especially since many witnesses state that people were executed in that forest in the summer of 1941. Jews were brought there from Iasi in 1941. That is what people that were only children back then recount. They saw army trucks entering the Vulturi forest filled with people and coming out empty. Authorities were announced immediately after the mass grave was found. A criminal file for murder has been officially opened. There is another possibility: the bodies could belong to Romanian soldiers because the frontlines went through the area in the Second World War. This possibility is rejected by the Jewish community. Archaeological investigations on the scene have now been suspended by the Military Prosecutor’s Office. Archaeologists are convinced that when they resume they will lead to the discovery of a second mass grave.

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