Nazi euthanasia victims' remains found

2011-01-03 18:03

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Vienna - The remains of some 220 persons believed to have been victims of the Nazis' so-called euthanasia programme have been located in Tyrol, local authorities said on Monday.

As part of a planned construction project, workers were due to excavate an old cemetery belonging to the psychiatric ward of the regional hospital in Hall, hospital administrators said.

However, preliminary research showed the bodies were buried between 1942 and 1945, prompting suspicions that they belonged "at least in part" to victims of the Nazi euthanasia programme, they said.

An experts' commission has been set up to investigate the site and establish the identities of the dead.

Historians believe that from 1933 the Nazis murdered more than 200 000 physically and mentally disabled people as part of the Third Reich's "euthanasia" programme.

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