Mirror Co UK
- 16:01, 19 Nov 2021
- UPDATED16:12, 19 Nov 2021
A gruesome previously unknown mass grave of 1,362 Nazi victims – including 675 children – has been unearthed in western Russia.
The dead, all believed to be civilians, were found in a macabre unrecorded genocide burial close to the base of an invading Hitler SS unit during the Second World War, experts said.
The victims, almost all without visible wounds, were naked and without shoes when they were buried.
One harrowing theory is that younger remains were from a nearby concentration camp where more than 300 children were incarcerated to supply blood for wounded German officers and soldiers fighting near Leningrad – now St Petersburg – at any one time.