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One battlefield, two memories 3/3

The Soviet war cemetery on Sinyavinsky Heights 3/3 The defense of the city of Leningrad and the fight against the German Wehrmacht cost millions of Soviet soldiers their lives.[i] During the war, the Red Army buried its soldiers in anti-tank ditches or in temporary graves; later, the graves were marked with a simple stake and a […]

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One battlefield, two memories 2/3

The German War Cemetery in Sologubovka             In the village of Sologubovka, beside the river Neva and the Soviet war cemetery on Sinyavinsky Heights, rest the German Wehrmacht soldiers that died during the siege of Leningrad, in the Second World War. [i] The old Russian Orthodox church in the village was used during the war by the Wehrmacht […]

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One Battlefield, two Memories: The Resting Places of Soviet and German Soldiers of the Second World War in former Leningrad (1/3)

Impressions from a past research journey in 2016 and 2017 Fifty-six million people died during the Second World War; civilians, soldiers, and partisans. Every state and nation mourns and remembers their dead through monuments, remembrance days, authentic sites of memory, and cemeteries. Soldiers, as the largest group of the war dead, are glorified, victimized, or condemned. The cemeteries and mass graves that […]

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Graves of German WWII Soldiers

Dissertation – Abstract GERMAN SOLDIERS GRAVES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR BETWEEN HERO GLORIFICATION AND A SIGN OF RECONCILIATION – CULTURAL HISTORICAL CASE STUDIES ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TREATMENT OF THE DEATH IN WAR Ten cultural-historical case studies investigate how deaths in war were dealt with based on soldier graves of the Second World […]

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Workcamp “Zwischen Wolgawogen und Westfälischer Bucht”

Russische und deutsche Jugendlichen reisen nun gemeinsam nach Ostwestfalen-Lippe August 2016 Jugendliche aus Gütersloh und anderen Teilen Deutschlands reisten in das nordwestliche Russland, nach Rshew, um an einer deutsch-russischen Jugendbegegnung teilzunehmen. In der im Zweiten Weltkrieg stark umkämpften russischen Stadt an der Wolga, wurden die deutschen Gäste herzlich von den russischen Teilnehmern traditionell mit Brot […]

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„70 Jahre nach Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges“

Methodenseminar mit Volksbund-Beteiligung in Kursk 28. April 2016 Vom 17. bis 22. April 2016 trafen sich etwa 50 Vertreter von Schulen, Jugendorganisationen und weiteren Bildungseinrichtungen aus Deutschland und Russland in der südwestlich von Moskau gelegenen Stadt Kursk. Die Veranstaltung fand unter dem Motto „70 Jahre nach Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges: Jugendaustausch, Verständigung, gemeinsame Zukunft“ statt. […]