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The German War Cemetery in Narva

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At the German War Cemetery in Narva, not only German soldiers have their final rest. We also find some volunteers from Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Danmark, Estonia and even a few Russian’s fighting for the Axis. I had a walk here trough this, nowadays, calm place.

german-war-cemetery-narva-2At this calm summer day, it’s hard to imagine how hard battles that took place here, especially in February 1944. I total died 35.000 German soldiers on Estonian soil, 10.000 more German’s died in labor camps.

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The river behind was a place for fierce fighting in February 1944.

In the German War Cemetary in Narva, we also find other nationalities. There are not so many on this cemetery, but on some tombstones, names that don’t sound German can be seen. Some Scandinavian names are easy to recognize, and what I’ve read on other places, Dutch, Finnish, Estonian and Russian soldiers from the Axis resting here – And even a few children!

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“Two unknown children”.

In total, the number of graves has now passed 4000 and new bodies are discovered all the time. Some gravestones are unmarked. The cemetery has a capacity for up to 15.000 bodies.german-war-cemetery-narva-5

The cemetery was created already under World War 2 by the Germans, as a burial site for victims on the Narwa-front. In 1999, the site was expanded.german-war-cemetery-narva-6

A Soviet Cemetery in Narva?

A huge amount of Soviet soldiers also died here of course. Tens of thousands lost their lives when trying to cross the frozen Narva river and later on, the battle of the Tannenberg line. But, due to Soviet superstition, wearing dog tags in battle could be bad luck. Therefore, Soviet victims are likely buried in mass graves combined with a large victory monument.

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