Vladslo German war cemetery
|Vladslo German war cemetery|
|German War Graves Commission
(Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge)
Crosses at Vladslo
|Used for those deceased 1914-1918|
|Established||1956 (Concentration cemetery)|
near Diksmuide, Belgium
|Burials by nation|
|Burials by war|
Vladslo German war cemetery is about three kilometres north east of Vladslo, near Diksmuide, Belgium. Established during World War I, the cemetery holds 3,233 wartime burials. In 1956, burials from many smaller surrounding cemeteries were concentrated in Vladslo, and it now contains the remains of 25,644 soldiers. Each stone bears the name of twenty soldiers, with just their name, rank, and date of death specified.
The cemetery is administered by the German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge). They also look after the three other German war cemeteries in Belgium: Langemark, Menen and Hooglede.
The Grieving Parents
The cemetery also contains a pair of statues – The Grieving Parents – by Käthe Kollwitz, a noted German sculptress. She made the statues in the 1930s as a tribute to her youngest son, Peter, who was killed in October 1914 and is buried nearby. The eyes on the father-figure gaze on the ninth stone before him, on which his son's name is written.
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