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Rabbis Bury Remains of Romanian Holocaust Victims

Rabbis take a break from the reburial remains of Holocaust victims found in a mass grave in northern Romania, at the Jewish cemetery in Iasi, Romania, Monday, April 4, 2011

Rabbis from Europe and the United States have held a burial service for the remains of dozens of Romanian Jews killed by the Nazi-allied Romanian army during World War II.

The service took place Monday in a Jewish ceremony in the northeastern Romanian town of Iasi.

The remains were found in a forest in November. They were discovered because of witness accounts of a mass killing in that area in 1941.

It is not clear how many people are represented by the remains. Estimates range from 40 to 100.

Some 15,000 Jews from Iasi were killed in a pogrom in 1941.

The Elie Wiesel National Institute, which studies the Holocaust, says between 280,000 and 380,000 Romanian and Ukrainian Jews were killed in Romania and areas it controlled while it was allied with Nazi Germany.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.