In late June 1987, Stefan Myszczyński (whose three brothers and stepfather were among the missing) discovered graves along the road from Rygol to Giby. It was assumed to be the site where the victims of the Augustów Roundup had been buried. The discovery stirred new interest in the massacre and led to the foundation of the Citizens Committee for the Search for the Residents of Suwałki Region who Went Missing in July 1945 (2 August 1987, Obywatelski Komitet Poszukiwań Mieszkańców Suwalszczyzny Zaginionych w Lipcu 1945 roku). Although the committee was officially banned, several dozen renowned academics and personalities from the world of culture signed a letter supporting its activity, addressed to the Council of State (Rada Państwa, a collective head of state). Under pressure from the public opinion, new exhumations in the Giby forest were ordered. They confirmed the earlier findings: it was German soldiers who had been buried on the site.
Documents: Exhumation in Giby
- download Fragment of the report from the exhumation in the Wielki Bór forest area (August 1989), conducted following the initiative of the Augustów Forest Exhumation Organising Team