France buries Holocaust victims’ personally withheld remains

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STRASBOURG, France (AP) — For 7 decades, a stays of several Holocaust victims were kept in jars and exam tubes sealed adult in a French medical school. On Sunday, they were buried during last.

Several hundred people collected Sunday for a gloomy rite nearby a eastern French city of Strasbourg to compensate honour to a victims, throwing earth on a singular coffin holding a common remains. Led by Strasbourg arch rabbi Rene Gutman and attended by Strasbourg Mayor Roland Ries, a eventuality during a Cronenbourg tomb was directed during shutting a discouraging section in a region’s history.

The remains, such as skin samples, belonged to a few people. Only one has been definitively identified: Menachem Taffem, a Polish Jew deported to Auschwitz and gassed to death.

They were among 86 people whose corpses were sent to a anatomy hospital during a University of Strasbourg during World War II for a experiments of Aug Hirt, a scandalous Nazi anatomy researcher.

Some stays were buried after a war, though a few were saved and even put on display, kept for authorised and systematic purposes, according to French media reports.

Then they were apparently lost — until researcher Raphael Toledano, who has complicated Strasbourg’s Nazi past, detected a 1952 minute mentioning samples taken from a bodies of Holocaust victims and detailing how they were stored. In July, he and a institute’s executive found a remaining jar and exam tubes behind a potion sideboard in a sealed room.

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