Germany discovered a mass grave in a Stuttgart suburb containing 34 skeletons. German police subsequently gave Israel a list of 619 Jewish names who were forced laborers in the nearby the Echterdingen Nazi work camp. The camp, which was active from November 1944 until February 1945, was scene to horrific brutality, with its Nazi staff routinely burning the prisoners. Others died of starvation and disease.
“Not all of the people on the list have passed away, some were murdered by the Germans, some died of disease, and some were transferred to the Buchenwald concentration camp,” according to Israel Police Interpol Unit Head, Chief Superintendent Asher Ben-Artzi. “On the one hand, we have 34 skeletons; on the other, we have 619 names. We are trying to find out if the people on the list have relatives in Israel.”
German police intend on taking DNA samples from the skeletons. At the same time, Israeli police will take DNA samples from relatives, in an attempt to ascertain whether the skeletons are those of Jews who were murdered in the camp.
Source: Weiss, Efrat. “Israel receives list of Holocaust forced laborers,” Ynetnews.com, (November 27, 2005)