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Soviet military cemetery reconstructed in Elsterwerda, Germany

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Soviet military cemetery reconstructed in Elsterwerda, Germany


22.09.2017

pixabay.comReconstruction of the Soviet military cemetery situated in the German city of Elsterwerda is over, TASS informs. The opening ceremony took place today, September 21. Local population, representatives of the city administration and Russian Embassy delegates took part in the event.

More than three thousand people were buried at this cemetery during WWII, including Soviet Army officers, the captive people, civil population from the invaded territories and their children. Besides, there are remains of the Red Army officers fallen for liberation of this region.

Scientists and historians of both countries were working with archives simultaneously with restoration of the cemetery. Names of more than two thousand people buried here were found out. Earlier names of only seven hundred fallen soldiers were known. Now all names were engraved at the memorial plates, tombstones and obelisks.

According to the head of the Russian Embassy in Berlin Vladimir Gridin, the sacred duty of each contemporary person is to preserve memory about those who gave their lives fighting against fascism. He has commented that Russians and Germans prove that they remember the necessity to guard peace on the whole planet by restoring military graves mutually.

Almost three and a half thousand Soviet military burial places are located at the territory of Germany. The remains of more than six hundred fifty thousand people rest there. About twenty million euros are allocated to the maintenance of all military graves by the West German government.

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