Objects belonging mostly female Polish and Russian captives massacred by Nazi troops at the end of the Second World War were presented in Munster on Monday.

Historians and archaeologists presented more than 400 artefacts excavated in recent months at three rural sites between Warstein and Meschede in Western Germany. They belonged to mostly female Polish and Russian captives that were killed by German troops in March 1945.

One of the Archaeologists, Dr. Manuel Zeiler, explained that the work was unusual for the typical work of archaeologists, due to the massacre occurring much more recently, or only a few generations ago.

"We have the historical sources to these processes, we have a lot of material on that. That is why they are of course very significant," he added.

Among the objects that were found there are shoes, a comb, buttons, Soviet coins and a spoon.

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