The German War Cemetery in Sandweiler is the first cemetery inaugurated by the German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge) after WW2. Originally, the US military erected the Sandweiler cemetery as a provisional cemetery in 1945, and it counted 5,599 graves. It is located a mile away from the American cemetery, which was also provisional first.
In 1952, Germany and Luxembourg signed an agreement to handle the war graves on Luxembourg territory. It was the first for Germany, and many would follow. Three years later, on June 5th, 1955, the Volksbund inaugurated the cemetery. 10,913 fallen servicemen rest here. 810 of the 4,829 in the comrades grave are unknown.
Sandweiler is the first German military cemetery I visited. When I stopped at the American cemetery, I noticed a sign leading to the German one. I got in the car and went on to find the German cemetery.
A small path brought me to the big stone entrance. I walked to the stone cross and noticed that the gravestones have up to three names on them. After reaching the cross, I turned around, and I noticed that all gravestones have names on the back, too. I was shocked. When I reached the cross, I read some of the names and couldn’t imagine that the plates carry all 10,900 names. The plates showed in the fourth photo explained everything. I stood in front of a mass grave.
This happened around nine or ten years ago, and from this day on, I care a lot about military cemeteries.
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