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World War II saw many insurgent groups that were not just fighting for and against Nazi Germany, but to purge dozens of people because of their ethnicity, such as the cleansing of Poles in German-occupied Poland and in some parts of Ukraine. Recently, archaeologists were able to find the remains of a few Poles who were murdered by Ukrainian nationalists during the war.
Putting an end to a 75-year long search, archaeologists found skeletal remains of three people in a field near the village of Liski, which is near the modern-day border between Poland and Ukraine. This has also been a breakthrough in the Poland Institute of National Remembrance or IPN’s search in the Hrubieszów County in southeast Poland for victims of the so-called ethnic cleansing that has been going on since June. Since recovering the skeletal remains, the IPN stated that the bodies will undergo genetic identification to confirm their identities.
There were no personal possessions that were buried alongside the bodies. The remains have since been transported to the Medical University of Lublin’s Office of Forensic Medicine for further analysis.
These Ukrainian nationalist groups, also known as the UAP, alongside other factions of similar organizations in the country, were responsible for the deaths of 100,000 Poles from 1943 to 1945. By 2016, the Polish government has officially recognized the mass murder as genocide.
In another part of Europe, scientists found the remains of over 500 people within the walls of a chapel in France. The Chapelle Expatoire in Paris was revealed to have skeletal remains of 500 victims within its cemented walls. The archaeologists that were sent to analyze the walls believe that the remains were placed within the walls during the French Revolution. The victims themselves were also believed to be of the upper class or elite, likely those who have been beheaded by the guillotine.
Should this theory prove true, then it would have gone against the orders of King Louis XVIII, who said that no bones should be removed from the ground.
The Chapelle Expatoire was completed 15 years after the French Revolution. Coincidentally, the Madeleine Cemetery had also closed down at that time as it was fully occupied.