Archaeologists have made a chilling 'death pit' discovery at a former Stalinist ...

ARCHAEOLOGISTS in Poland have uncovered a secret "death pit" with the remains of soldiers and political prisoners murdered by Joseph Stalin's secret police.

PUBLISHED: 16:53, Sun, Sep 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:53, Sun, Sep 13, 2020

The chilling discovery was made during an excavation at the infamous Penal and Investigative Prison No.III in Warsaw, Poland. The Stalinist facility, commonly known as Toledo Prison, was run by the Soviet secret polive for only 12 years but has been regarded by its inmates as a particularly cruel and harsh place. Potentially hundreds of inmates were executed at the prison, which persecuted political enemies, members of the Polish underground and Polish home army before and after the end of World War II.


Earlier this year, roadworks near the prison's former site accidentally uncovered the remains of three murdered inmates.

And now, new archaeological excavations have discovered the remains of at least two more inmates.

The excavation was led by Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (IPN).

IPN said in a statement: "The arrangement of the remains found today is the same as is in the case of most secret burials of victims of communist crimes."

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The bodies were found on the third day of the new excavations.

Alongside the skeletal remains, some personal effects and uniform fragments were found.

Dr Krzysztof Szwagrzyk, IPN vice president, said: "It is extremely important that we managed to obtain the necessary permits in such as short and started exploring the area immediately.

"As you can see, it was a necessary action and it had not been implemented for years.

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