Bodies of about 100 Jews have been found in a mass grave in Romania. They were killed during the Holocaust, researchers say. (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk)
The burial pit was found in a forest about 350km (220 miles) north-east of the Romanian capital, Bucharest, and is thought to contain the remains of men, women and children shot in 1941 by troops of the pro-Nazi Romanian regime.
During WWII, around 380,000 Jews are believed to have been killed in Romanian-controlled territory.
Testimonies from local inhabitants who witnessed the killings led to the discovery of the mass grave near the village of Popricani, near the city of Iasi.
“So far we exhumed 16 bodies but this is just the beginning because the mass grave is very deep and we only dug up superficially”, said Adrian Cioflanca, a Romanian historian involved in the dig.
This mass grave is only the second one from the Holocaust-era discovered in Romania since 1945.