Forgotten Shoah victims finally buried in France

The remains of Holocaust victims stored for decades in a French medical school have at last been laid to rest.

Several hundred people have gathered for a sober burial ceremony in eastern France for the victims.

The corpses of dozens of people were sent to the anatomy institute at the University of Strasbourg for Nazi research. Some remains were buried after the war, but a few were saved and even put on display for what were described as scientific purposes.

Then they were apparently forgotten — until July, when researcher Raphael Toledano and the institute’s director discovered jars and test tubes in a locked room.

The remains belonged to multiple people, and only one has been definitively identified: Menachem Taffem, a Polish Jew deported to Auschwitz and gassed to death.

— AP

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