posted at 01:50
Author Name: Maja Czarnecka
Poland unearths one of WWIIs darkest secrets
Now, 70 years after the end of World War II, thanks to the excavations in eastern Poland, these unknown soldiers are getting a proper burial. Most of the soldiers died of hunger or diseases brought on by the inhumane conditions in the stalag, according to Kolosowski. Crudely etched into it is the camp arrival date: 30 IX 41 g. The date and the g for "God" - or year in Russian - show that the spoon belonged to one of the Soviet soldiers imprisoned after the Nazis attacked the USSR on June 22, 1941. "The Germans buried most of the soldiers without any clothes." For now, only two names have been deciphered: those of Red Army soldiers Chernienko and Vasily Bunko. The Italian troops arrived at the stalag in 1943, after Nazi Germany's ally, Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, was deposed. He had sent around 230,000 soldiers to the Eastern Front to fight alongside the Germans. "The soldiers who refused to keep fighting for Hitler were sent to camps, where they suffered particularly cruel treatment at the hands of their former allies, who saw them as traitors," Kolosowski said.

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