Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Nazi-era mass grave of disabled people discovered in Austria

From The Daily Telegraph in the UK:

A hospital cemetery in western Austria (pictured) could contain the remains of up to 220 disabled people thought to have been killed by the Nazis as part of their euthanasia programme.

The remains were discovered in a yard belonging to the Hall hospital in Tyrol province during digging for a construction project.

The hospital said in a statement that the graves contain remains of people buried between 1942 and 1945. It says "there are suspicions that the dead are at least partially victims of" the Nazi euthanasia programme.

Spokesman Johannes Schwamberger says work on the construction project has been stopped to allow an investigation and to identify the dead.

Officials said that suspicions were aroused after a list of the dead at the now-unused cemetery was found.

More than 75,000 people were killed by the Nazis for having physical or mental disabilities.