Human bones found near Nazi-era research lab at Berlin university

Human bones have been found on a Berlin university campus near what was once the site of a Nazi-era institute conducting racial studies on concentration camp victims, a university spokesman said Thursday.

Archeologists have unearthed a "sizeable amount" of human remains at Freie Universitaet Berlin that could be linked to the studies conducted at the now-defunct Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics, the spokesman said.

The remains include fragments of skulls, teeth, vertebrae and long bones belonging to adults and children. They will now be examined to determine the gender and age of the deceased, but results are not expected before the end of the year.

During World War II, the institute regularly received human body parts from death camps for use in studies intended to prove Nazi racial theories and justify race-related policies.

Many of the bodies used by the institute were sent there by Josef Mengele, a notorious Nazi physician who performed deadly experiments on prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

After German capitulation in 1945, most of the files and material used by the institute were moved or destroyed.

Thursday's news comes two years after construction workers unearthed another set of human bones at the site.

The bones were incinerated several months later without undergoing thorough examination, prompting a public debate about who was responsible for the move.

Last update: Thu, 01/09/2016 - 16:14

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