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Vladslo German War Cemetery

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Address: Houtlandstraat, Diksmuide 8600, Belgium
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Highlighting the Huge Loss Of Life

Vladslo is administered by the German War Graves Commission and is beautifully maintained. Under the German system, twenty soldiers are buried under each flat slab, and on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2016
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Vladslo is administered by the German War Graves Commission and is beautifully maintained. Under the German system, twenty soldiers are buried under each flat slab, and on the sunny, peaceful day that we visited, we were moved by the huge loss of life it represents. Also at Vladslo are the two figures known as "The Grieving Parents" which were carved... More 

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Mons, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

This German cemetery is in fact a centralised place where other nearby neaby cemeteries have been delocalized. It is very famous for being the last resting place of Peter Kollwitz, son of Berlin artist Kathe Kollwitz who is the author of the pair of sculptures present on the grounds. I was sad to see that the UK troops have grand... More 

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

We visited this cemetery May 13th. There is a free parking lot next to the cemetery. Be aware that the first parking lot is reserved for buses. This cemetery is famous for the sculpture of the grieving parents by Käthe Kollwitz. Her son Peter died October 23 1914. His name is on the stone in front of the father statue.... More 

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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

We visited the famous sculptures of Käthe Kollwitz and the grave of her sun Peter on a cold, windy and rainy winter day. Very moving to see and touch these statues, especially when the story of their creating is well known. It is of course a typically sombre German cemetery. The statues seem not to be well protected. There is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

I live nearby the cemetery and visit it regularly and every time it gives me goosbumps. Just to know so many young men gave their lives during the first worldwar. In this yard rest the remains of about 25.000 German soldiers. The graves, under big bluestone tiles are each marked with 20 names. The quietnes and silence are grievous and... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

The cemetery contains the graves of 25, 644 German soldiers. Each grave, marked by a simple stone marker, bears the names, ranks, and date of death of 20 soldiers. ,At the far end of the cemetery stands the Kathe Kollwitz sculpture of the Mourning Parents. It is beautiful in its simplicity and powerfully expresses the grief of parents over the... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Came here early one misty morning and it truly is a place to be quiet and contemplate the cost of war. The Kathe Kollwitz statues of The Grieving Parents say it all. Walk into the adjoining woods to the right of the cemetery where the landowner has created a path with some lovely peoptry boards along the route.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

The cemetery can be visited while it was undergoing improvements with landscaping vehicles when we visited in September 2015. An astonishing number of people were buried here in a very compact space. Display boards tell the story of artist Käthe Kollwitz whose son is buried here and who created the grieving parents statue and was later outcast by Hitler and... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

A moving place enhanced by Käthe Kollwitz' statues of the grieving parents - her son is buried here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

The cemetery is beautiful and very well maintained. When we went there were only 2 other people there. We talked around for about 30 minutes or so and in that time nobody else showed up. I think this place is worth a visit.

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