BUDAPEST, Hungary – Human remains found in 2011, including many believed to be of Jews shot on the banks of the Danube River near the end of World War II, have been buried in a Jewish cemetery in Budapest.
Two wooden caskets containing hundreds of bone fragments were laid to rest Friday according to Jewish customs in a ceremony attended by Christian clergy and government officials.
The remains were found during the renovation of Margit Bridge.
Andras Heiszler, president of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, says it is "the first and only case in 70 years" of bones believed to be of Hungarian Holocaust victims being found and buried.
Friday's burial took place on the eve of Hungary's Holocaust memorial day
DNA testing found many bones had markers characteristic of Ashkenazi Jews.