Under Slovenia lie graves, many never to be found

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MOSTEC, Slovenia (AP) - Below Slovenia's cornfields, ski slopes and school yards lie the remains of thousands of people whose fates have been lost for decades.

They're the suspected collaborators, fascists and panicked civilians who tried to flee during World War II. Historians are calling the tiny country that was once part of Yugoslavia the biggest post World War II killing site in Europe.

Slovenian officials have a list of about 600 suspected graves. There's at least one for each community. They estimate perhaps 100,000 bodies are buried in the country. The government has promised to find them all, but little progress has been made. Most will never be identified.

Slovenia was occupied by Italy and Germany during the war. It became a killing field in May and June 1945, as thousands of Germans, Italians, Hungarians, Croatians, and Serbs tried to escape to Austria.

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