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Archiwum Medycyny Sądowej i Kryminologii/Archives of Forensic Medicine and Criminology
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1/2017
vol. 67
 
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In search for the grave of 100 Poles executed on March 20, 1942 in Zgierz, Poland – research by SIGO (Network for Genetic Identification of Victims)

Renata Jacewicz
1
,
Andrzej Ossowski
2
,
Olgierd Ławrynowicz
3
,
Maciej Jędrzejczyk
1
,
Adam Prośniak
1
,
Katarzyna Bąbol-Pokora
1
,
Marta Diepenbroek
2
,
Maria Szargut
2
,
Grażyna Zielińska
2
,
Jarosław Berent
1

1.
Forensic and Medical Genetics Laboratory, Department of Forensic Medicine, Medical University of Lodz, Poland
2.
Department of Forensic Medicine, Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, Poland
3.
Institute of Archaeology, University of Lodz, Poland
Arch Med Sąd Kryminol 2017; 67 (1): 16-34
Online publish date: 2017/10/02
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It can be reasonably assumed that remains exhumed in 2012 and 2013 during archaeological explorations conducted in the Lućmierz Forest, an important area on the map of the German Nazi terror in the region of Lodz (Poland), are in fact the remains of a hundred Poles murdered by the Nazis in Zgierz on March 20, 1942. By virtue of a decision of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance’s Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes Against the Polish Nation, the verification of this research hypothesis was entrusted to SIGO (Network for Genetic Identification of Victims) Consortium appointed by virtue of an agreement of December 11, 2015. The Consortium is an extension of the PBGOT (Polish Genetic Database of Totalitarianisms Victims). So far, the researchers have retrieved 14 DNA profiles from among the examined remains, including 12 male and 2 female profiles. Furthermore, 12 DNA profiles of the victims’ family members have been collected. Due to the fact that next-of-kin relatives of the victims of the Zgierz massacre are of advanced age, it is of key importance to collect genetic material as soon as possible from the other surviving family members, identified on the basis of a list of victims that has been nearly completely compiled by the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) and is presented in this paper.
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German Nazi repressions, World War II, execution of a hundred Poles, mass grave in Lućmierz forest, SIGO research project, victims’ list

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