Israel receives list of Holocaust forced laborers

Monday, November 28, 2005 |    

A mass grave discovered in Germany where the Echterdingen Nazi work camp once existed has produced 34 skeletons so far. A document containing 619 Jewish names, forced laborers in the Stuttgart suburb, show the countries of origin of each prisoner. A swastika appears next to some of the names of the victims, signifying “a dead prisoner.” The camp, which was active from November 1944 until February 1945, was known for its brutality. Israel Police Interpol Unit Head, Chief Superintendent Asher Ben-Artzi hopes to find family members who had relatives on the list. “I very much hope that in the end we will track down people from the list. Today, I plan on talking with a very elderly Jewish man who lives in Holland, who survived the work camp. With his help we will get to other living witnesses and family members in Israel.” Ben-Artzi said that police are cooperating with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

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