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The goal of these memorials is to be a tribute to the fallen soldiers and civilians. These memorials don't include fascist ideas and they don't glorify war.They should honour the fallen and they should remember those still alive that peace is the greatest good on earth.
This cemetery is the only German military cemetery in the Netherlands. 85 killed soldiers from the First World War and over 32.000 Soldiers and Civilians from the Second World War are buried here on a territory of 30 hectares.(74.13-acre)
For most killed Soldiers and Civilians one cross has been placed. The data (name, grave location, dates of birth and death, rank - if known) have been written on the crosses with white color.There are approximately 4882 Unknown Soldiers and Civilians buried on this cemetery.
On October, 15 1946 the Dutch War Graves Service began to rebury German soldiers and civilians who are buried in the Netherlands on the cemetery in Ysselsteyn.
Most collective cemeteries and all other German military cemeteries from the Second World War in the Netherlands were dissolved successively.
About 3000 German soldiers from the cemetery in Margraten, where they have been buried by the American War Graves Service, were brought to Ysselsteyn. Most of these soldiers are war dead from the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes and Hürtgenwald
The identification of the soldiers took place by using information over age, height, teeth image, identification marks and clues given by companions or relatives.
Besides German soldiers and civilians also other Nationalities where buried on this cemetery, for example foreign volunteers. Most German civilians, among them women and children, buried on this cemetery, were killed by malnutrition and sickness in the former concentration camp Vught (Netherlands) where they were evacuated after October 1944 by Allied forces.
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GPS Coordinates: 51.46919, 5.8976
- Added: 17 Mar 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2346270
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