The remains of six unidentified Holocaust victims are to be given a formal Jewish burial after being stored at London’s Imperial War Museum (IWM) for decades.
He said that following the funeral service the remains will be taken to their final resting place, and Holocaust survivors will be invited to fill the graves with earth.
The ash and bone fragments, believed to be from five adults and a child, had been stored at the IWM since January 1997, when a private donor bequeathed a number of Holocaust-related items to the museum.
The museum, which has a license to hold human tissue, handed over the remains last year to the United Synagogue — a union of British Orthodox Jewish synagogues — after consulting the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis and the Auschwitz museum in Poland.
The IWM told CNN the museum decided to relinquish the remains after conducting a review of all the items in its archives relating to the Holocaust, ahead of the construction of new World War II and Holocaust Galleries at the museum, which are due to open in 2021.
The museum said that while they had originally expressed interest in acquiring a selection of items from the donor, they had explicitly expressed that they did not wish to acquire the human remains.

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