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Forensic Taphonomy: The Postmortem Fate of Human Remains

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7207.458 (Published 14 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:458
  1. C M Milroy, senior lecturer in forensic pathology
  1. University of Sheffield

    Ed William D Haglund, Marcella H Sorg


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    CRC Press, £72, pp 636

    ISBN 0 849 39434 1

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    On 5 March 1940 Stalin gave the order for the NKVD to execute prisoners of war captured during the combined German and Soviet occupation of Poland. In 1943, 4500 victims were discovered in mass graves in the Katyn Forrest, after the Germans had overrun Soviet territory. The Polish government in exile demanded a commission to investigate, and an international team of forensic investigators under German authority examined the victims. This investigation placed the blame …

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