Remains of Georgian soldiers identified in Holland
02 April, 2019
Remains of Georgian soldiers identified in Holland
The remains of Georgian soldiers killed on Texel Island, Leusden were identified using DNA analysis in Holland. The analysis was conducted by the Dutch Medical Institute. As the Dutch media reports, this is the first time when the DNA analysis evidently identified the unknown soldiers.

Researcher Remko Rading said that the analysis undoubtedly tells who are lying on the tomb and the inscription: “Unknown Soldier’s Tomb” can be changed. It refers to two Georgian soldiers – Pido Choliashvili and Anton Gviniashvili.

Remko Rading has visited Georgia and told the families of the soldiers about this fact.

The Georgian Uprising on Texel took place between April 5 and May 20 in 1945. The Georgians representing the Soviet army were taken as captives in 1941 and were assigned to protect the German-occupied Dutch island starting from 1943. The battalion on Texel consisted of 800 Georgian and 400 German soldiers. At the end of the Second World War, it became clear that the Germans had lost the War. The Georgians decided to start an uprising against the German soldiers. The battle caused the deaths of 565 Georgians, 120 Texel people, and about 800 Germans.

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