The find has been described as enormously significant as it ‘proves that religious Jews not only resisted the deportations in 1942 but also shows that religious practice among observant Jews continued in the ghetto’, director of the Jewish cemetery in Warsaw said.
The Neolithic cemetery in the village of Stara Wieś in Silesia contained the remains of three people who were found lying on their right side with arms bent and curled up and their heads pointing to the East. But Romek Turakiewicz from the Archaeology Department at Raciborz Museum said: “It could be a mass grave and there could be more skeletons.”
A specialist team of body searchers from the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) made the find in a forested area in the city’s Białołęka district following a tip off from an elderly resident who recalled seeing German troops herding people into the area.
The mysterious village of Łupków has a rich history but nearly all remnants of the settlement were destroyed after WWII with just the church foundation, bell tower and cemetery remaining.
The 75 victims buried today, which include three infants, were discovered during archaeological work carried out earlier this year by a special section of Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance.
Archaeologists have dated the discovery in Bydgoszcz from the 10th to the 12th centuries. If the earlier date is correct, the remains could be those of some of the first children to ever have been called Polish since the state of Poland was established under Duke Mieszko I, whose reign began sometime before 963 and continued until his death in 992.
The seven-year-old child was trying to warn his parents of approaching German troops when he was gunned down and later buried alive.
Previously assumed that gothic jewellery was of inferior quality to that of the Romans’, the haul of over 3,500 items of jewel-craft buried along with the dead near Elbląg, included silverware which when analysed revealed it to be 92-97 percent pure.
The skeletons with coins dating back to the reign of kings Sigismund III Vasa and John II Casimir were discovered in an area in southeast Poland known as the Church Mountains (Góry Kościelne) and confirm local legends of a children’s graveyard.
The gory details revealed that they were laid in shallow wells, which were then plastered over and sometimes reopened so that certain body parts could be removed, or so that earlier remains could be moved to make room for new corpses.