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Remains of Jews killed in WWII buried in Romania

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April 5, 2011, 12:55 p.m. |

Rabbis take a break from the reburial remains of Holocaust victims found in a mass grave in northern Romania, at the Jewish cemetery in Iasi, Romania, Monday, April 4, 2011. Members of Romania's Jewish community buried remains of about 60 Jews killed by Romanian troops during WWII and discovered in a mass grave in Popricani, northern Romania.
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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The remains of dozens of Jews killed by Romanian troops during World War II have been buried in a Jewish graveyard in the eastern city of Iasi. The daily Eveniumentual Zilei reported April 5 that seven rabbis from the United States, Britain and Romania took part in Monday afternoon's ceremony.

In November, a Holocaust-era mass grave containing the bodies of an estimated 100 Jews was discovered in a forest, offering further evidence of the country's involvement in wartime crimes. Women and children were among the victims killed in 1941.

Romania's role in the Holocaust remains a sensitive and highly charged topic. Under communism the country largely ignored the involvement of Romania's leaders in wartime crimes.
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