Skeletons unearthed at Stuttgart airfield

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 21, 2005

STUTTGART, Germany — Parts of human skeletons, possibly of Jews who were killed during World War II, were found Monday at the Stuttgart Army Airfield by contractors working to renovate the airfield’s main security gate.

German investigators were working at the scene Tuesday just south of Stuttgart in Echterdingen, where the U.S. military airfield is located, said Tomke Biddeis, of the city of Stuttgart’s prosecutor’s office. The U.S. airstrip is adjacent to the Stuttgart international airport.

The airfield is home to a detachment from the 214th Aviation, which provides air transportation for top-ranking U.S. military brass, according to the Global Security Web site. German police helicopters also use the airfield, and the mail depository for Stuttgart military community is there.

The U.S. military also uses the airfield for planes transporting troops and equipment.

Biddeis said prosecutors were treating the case as multiple murders and that the victims could be Jews who worked in forced labor at the Echterdingen work camp and starved to death between November 1944 and February 1945. She said prosecutors were not sure who the victims were or where they were from.

Biddeis declined further comment.

A tent covers a site at the Stuttgart Army Airfield where workers discovered human bones Tuesday while expanding the airfield's main security gate.