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Nazi-era skeletons show signs of violence


VIENNA (AP) -- Officials say hundreds of skeletons have been exhumed from a Nazi-era graveyard and many of them had broken ribs and other shattered bones.

The remains were dug up over the past seven months from a disused cemetery of a hospital that was linked to Nazi killings of people with physical or mental disabilities.

The Austria Press Agency cited anthropologist George McGlynn as saying Monday that about a third of 221 exhumed skeletons have been examined and half of those -- about 35 -- had broken ribs. Others had broken noses or collarbones.

McGlynn said earlier this year said initial examinations show that the remains are those of people who were either physically or mentally disabled.

Across Europe, 75,000 people were killed for real or imagined mental, physical or social disabilities that did not fit Nazi pseudo-Aryan ideals.

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