An incredible discovery took place in Kirov: the remains of hundreds of Hungarian soldiers might have been found in mass graves, writes alfahir.hu.
Kirov is located 100 km from Moscow, and the trains transporting Hungarian, German, Italian and Romanian war prisoners ran through it back in the day. These soldiers later became captives of the Red Army after the catastrophe of Stalingrad, and those who could not make it through the journey were thrown out at the stop in Kirov.
The weakened soldiers then died of starvation, malnutrition and diseases. Their dead bodies were entombed in the mass graves near the railway embankment. Innumerable trains arrived to the stop bringing lots of dead bodies, which were then put to the graves and fade into oblivion.
However, Alekszej Ivakin, Russian researcher of war graves, recently found out that next to the embankment in Kirov the remains of hundreds or thousands of soldiers were excavated through cultivating processes.
Thus, he quickly set off to Kirov and got reassured that as the cultivating began bones of former soldiers were found. Then, Ivakin tried to contact the leaders who sent him away, resulting in him desperately searching for an opportunity by which he could notify the authorities.
Later though he reached Andrej Ogoljuk, of the same profession, living in Hungary, who informed István Szebenyi, the director of the Association for Military and Culture History about the happenings. The exchanges of letters between the Hungarian, Italian, German and Romanian authorities then began.
Eventually, one of the participants visited the place and confirmed the claims of Ivakin, and the authorities could start the examinations based on the statements. Therefore, it turned out that the area was indeed a mass graveyard, but the authorities in Kirov were unaware of it, so they began cultivating and sold the lands to private persons.
However, due to the information the cultivation got immediately stopped and the exhumation of the soldiers’ bodies will start soon. Moreover, the possibility of the Russian government re-purchasing the certain lands is also likely.
It is unknown, so far, how many (hundreds or thousands) Hungarian, German, Italian and Romanian war captives’ bones were piled up in the mass graves. One thing is for sure, though: without the work of the Russian researchers, Ivakin and Ogoljuk, the graves could not have been exhumed.
Thanks to them many defeated soldiers may finally receive their final respects, and their families would get some information on what happened to their long-lost loved ones.
Copy editor: bm
Source: alfahir.hu, ivakin-alexej.livejournal.com
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