SOURCE: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.pr ... -1.6844494Israel, Hungary to Search for Holocaust Victims’ Bones in Danube River
The victims whose bones will now be searched for were among the thousands of Jews who were shot by Hungarians and thrown into the Danube between 1944 and 1945
Hungary and Israel will jointly search for the bones of Jews murdered in the Holocaust, whose corpses were tossed into Danube River in Budapest. On Monday, Interior Minister Arye Dery discussed the operation with his Hungarian counterpart Sandor Pinter.
Today, it has been reported "No remains of Holocaust victims unearthed" but they are planning another scan in a month.
SOURCE: https://www.timesofisrael.com/no-remain ... he-danube/No remains of Holocaust victims unearthed in sweep of the Danube
Rabbi from Jewish search and rescue group says sonar scans of Budapest river find nothing; second scan planned
JTA — A sonar scan of the bottom of the Danube River in Budapest revealed no human remains, a local rabbi who initiated the search for the bodies of Holocaust victims said.
Volunteers for ZAKA, an Orthodox Jewish group that is based in Israel and provides emergency services as well as collection of human remains for burial, operated the sonar from the river banks on Tuesday, Slomo Koves, the head of the Chabad-affiliated EMIH Jewish federation of Hungary, told JTA.
The team operating the sonar will be back next month for another scan, he said.
In 2011, human remains were discovered during construction work on a bridge overlooking the Danube. DNA tests run on the bones in August 2015 found that at least nine of the 15 samples were Ashkenazi Jews from Europe and that six others could also be.
These murders are at the heart of an ongoing and polarizing debate in Hungary about how government-led and other commemoration efforts should address the issue of complicity. The Mazsihisz Jewish federation has accused the government of whitewashing this complicity, though EMIH has disputed this.
“Whether this is controversial or not is really not an issue,” Koves said of his group’s efforts to bring to burial Arrow Cross victims. “The only thing that matters is the major mitzvah of bringing the victims to burial.” He said the government was helpful in obtaining permits for the searches.
According to the USHMM:
SOURCE: https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/ ... e/budapestIn November 1944, the Arrow Cross ordered the remaining Jews in Budapest into a closed ghetto. Jews who did not have protective papers issued by a neutral power were to move to the ghetto by early December. Between December 1944 and the end of January 1945, the Arrow Cross took as many as 20,000 Jews from the ghetto, shot them along the banks of the Danube, and threw their bodies into the river.
So the remains of "as many as 20,000 Jews" would have been thrown into the river? I wonder if they will find actual evidence of this, one day...