BERLIN – German authorities unearthed the remains of at least 21 Soviet soldiers in a town east of Berlin on Monday after they were discovered underneath a construction site last week, officials said.
The operation to remove the remains from the ground is being conducted under the supervision of Russian embassy representatives, according to Joachim Kozlowski of the German War Graves Commission.
Kozlowski said he believes that further remains will be found at the site, and that the soldiers most likely died in the Oderbruch region in April of 1945.
Oliver Breithaupt, another official from the commission, said that the remains will be brought to a war cemetery in the town of Lebus near the Polish border, where experts will attempt to identify them.
The Battle of the Seelow Heights at the western border of the Oderbruch was the largest battle of the war on German territory. Some 33,000 Soviet and Polish soldiers, as well as 12,000 soldiers from the Nazi armed forces, were killed there.
The Oderbruch region is still plagued with the legacy of the war in the form of hazardous military waste. The remaining buried bombs, grenades, rockets and infantry shells are becoming more dangerous as they continue to corrode. -DPA