Chabad's front organization the Rabbinical Center of Europe and ZAKA have blocked DNA testing on newly discovered Holocaust remains. The testing would have given closure to surviving family members still seeking information of their lost relatives.
This is perhaps the greatest misuse of halakha in our lifetimes. Only truly ignorant men would deprive these families of closure, and these murder victims proper burial in Eretz Israel or in family plots wherever they may be.
The bones of 34 Jewish inmates discovered in a mass grave in a military camp in Germany will be reburied in the camp, a spokesman for the Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE) told Haaretz yesterday.
RCE sources said genetic tissue and DNA tests will not be held due to the objection of ultra-Orthodox circles, including the Zaka emergency rescue and recovery organization.
It does not appear, therefore, that establishing a blood relationship between the victims and their relatives living in Israel will be possible.
Israel Police estimates that at least 20 families are related to the victims, as reported in Haaretz yesterday. …
A spokesman for the RCE, an umbrella organization affiliated with Habad, said the reburial ceremony is scheduled for December 15, and European and Israeli public figures would be invited. An 85 year-old Dutch citizen, one of the camp's only living survivors, is also expected to attend the ceremony.…