Vienna buries remains of Nazi victims

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Austrian President Heinz Fischer stands in front of the urn with remains of Nazi victims at the Central Cemetery during a funeral ceremony in Vienna , Austria, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. The victims were killed through medical experiments and mistreatment because they were considered physically or mentally inferior. Fischer invoked the memory of those "who fell victim to a horrible medical killing machine." (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

The Nazis called them “unworthy lives” - people they considered physically or mentally inferior to the Aryan ideal set by Adolf Hitler -and used them for gruesome medical experiments.

On Wednesday, nearly 70 years after their deaths, and after the end of research into how they were killed, Vienna ceremonially buried the last known remains of such victims who had died in city institutions.

After tributes by dignitaries, a Vienna Central Cemetery worker placed an urn into a small grave flanked by red and white funeral wreaths. President Heinz Fischer invoked the memory of those “who fell victim to a horrible medical killing machine.”

Before being confiscated after World War II, the remains were owned by Heinrich Gross, a Nazi-era doctor. - Sapa-AP


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