AMSTERDAM (Jun. 22)
The remains of more than 100 men, women and children, mostly Jews, murdered by Nazis in the Lemberg area of Poland in 1941, will be reburied Saturday. The bones were exhumed from a mass grave near Uryce village in the presence of a delegation from the Amsterdam District Attorney’s office in connection with the war crimes trial of Pieter Menten.
They were identified by pathologists as the remains of at least 94 adults and 20 children and an undetermined number of infants. All were shot or bludgeoned to death on Aug. 27, 1941 when Menten, a millionaire Dutch art dealer, was serving in an SS unit in the region.
The Dutch teams also found evidence to corroborate the testimony of a prosecution witness, Michael Hauptmann, now a resident of Stockholm, who testified that he witnessed the mass killings from an attic hide-out. Menten’s defense lawyers have attempted to discredit Hauptmann and other prosecution witnesses.