May 3, 1945
Suttrop, Germany
A German civilian holds the body of a Russian baby, killed by German troops

On May 3, 1945, the 95th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army occupying Suttrop were informed by locals of a mass grave of Russians killed by the SS six weeks before. The local rumors claimed the Russians were forced to dig their own graves before being shot and rolled into the large pit which contained the bodies of 57 people including men, women, and one baby.

The U.S. troops forced the German local citizens to exhume the bodies, locate identifying paperwork on each victim, view each body, and rebury them in individual graves. Russians who had been displaced from the area assisted in identifying the victims’ bodies, and a U.S. Army chaplain performed burial rites for each person.

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