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Slovenia: another 253 remains found in WWII mass grave

It brings the total to over 500

23 June, 18:41
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 23 - At least 253 additional victims of post-World War II summary executions have been discovered in an anti-tank trench in Mostec, near Brezice, Slovenia, according to the Military Heritage Administration, the national news agency STA reported on Wednesday. The latest discovery takes the overall number of identified victims in Mostec to 529.

The anti-tank trench, initially carved out by Nazi occupying forces in 1945, is approximately 4.6 metres wide and 3 metres deep. During excavations in the trench in 2020, the bones of at least 276 persons and thousands of personal belongings were discovered.

Several investigations conducted conducted after 2008 proved the presence of human remains in a 120-metre-long section of the trench, The remains belong to persons of various nationalities slain after World War II.

The majority of the fatalities are believed to have been Croats and Serbs, whom the allies brought back to Yugoslavia after they fled to Austria's Carinthia as World War II was coming to a close, according to STA. (ANSA).

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