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Poland. Remains of an Italian prisoner discovered in the cemetery of the former concentration camp in Łambinowice

Excavations co-ordinated by the Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War in Opole in the former German concentration camp “Stammlager 344”, located near the town of Łambinowice (south-western Poland), revealed the existence of burial pits that may contain the remains of around sixty prisoners of various nationalities.

Since the opening of the first two, between 12 and 19 July, the remains belonging to an Italian prisoner were identified thanks to a still readable tag, while a second, badly deteriorated tag is currently being examined.

“This is an important discovery, which could ensure a dignified burial for several of our soldiers who fell fighting for Italy during the Second World War and allow family members to have a grave to pray over. The search will continue.” This is what the Italian Ambassador in Warsaw, Luca Franchetti Pardo, said about the identification of the site. “Special thanks” the Ambassador continued, “to our Honorary Consul in Wrocław, Mrs. Monika Kwiatosz, and to the Director of the Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War in Opole, Violetta Rezler-Wasielewska. In the past months, I had been told that the excavations could lead to important results, but what is emerging exceeds expectations.”