15 Nov 2011

Bodies exhumed from Austrian Nazi-era graveyard

8:54 pm on 15 November 2011

Officials in the Austrian province of Tyrol say they have completed exhuming more than 200 skeletons from a Nazi-era graveyard.

The site, at a disused hospital cemetery in the town of Hall, was discovered earlier this year.

Researchers believe the people may have been killed by the Nazis because of mental or physical disabilities.

Scientists say many of the skeletons have broken bones, injuries apparently inflicted by hospital staff.

The bodies have all been identified and range in age from 14 to 90.

The BBC reports that attempts are now being made to contact descendants and those who had links to the hospital personnel.