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German War Cemetery
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Maleme
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

I've spent a good deal of time visiting WW1 CWGC cemeteries in France, and a few of the German cemeteries as well - Vladslo, in Belgium, is particularly poignant and beautiful. A few years ago we took our children along to the Souda Bay cemetery and they were amazed at the youth of the combatants and the idea that a Lancaster bomber might have a crew of 5, under the command of a 23 year old (in one instance) with 2 of the other 4 only just 19.

As we were passing nearby we took the timne to find and visit this cemetery. Maleme is more stark than Souda or indeed Vladslo, but well located on a hillside with a good view out to sea. Individuals are remembered in pairs on flat grave markers, with the name, rank, date of birth and date of death. I was struck - as always - by the number of young men of 19 - 21 who died, and how many died on 21 May 1941 which must have marked horrendous fighting.

It does the soul good to have a chance, now and again, to reflect on the horrors we perpetrate on one another in the name of righteousness and politics.

Thank lawdylawdy
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

Beautifully explained, with full blame taken for a war of choice by Hitler and Germany et.al., the cemetery is truly anti war in comparison to many others that glorify the brave dead. This visit gave us an opportunity to explain to our English grandsons why war is only for losers, or those with a desire to die.
Sadly for me, the British grands are given toy soldiers. Without the context of the destruction of humanity's best in war, people, artists who will never write, paint or be, etc.

Thank Maggie_Oakshot
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

Nothing special, although nice landscape, as cemetary is on the hill; small museum at the front of the cemetary: military equipment from 2nd WorldWar

1  Thank Roddysey
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

As a military historian a must see. Brave men who fell supporting the aims of an odious and loathsome ideology. See the graves and memorial tablet of the three Von Blucher brothers, all three paratroopers killed in the first days of the first major airborne assault in history. They were the end of the male Von Blucher line, descended from Field Marshal Von Blucher, the hero of Waterloo in 1815 - ironically rescuing very likely some of the ancestors of the British his descendants died fighting. While visiting, one should also keep in mind the German reprisals against the Cretan population. An opportunity to reflect on the cost of war. Having served in two myself, very thought-provoking.

3  Thank Debbie I
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

The cemetery is overlooking the old airfield in Maleme, and has a very peaceful atmosphere. the germans lost many soldiers in the battle of Crete, because the resistence was fierce.
It is a nice of the cretans allowing this cemetetry to exist, reminding us that lives are lost on both sides during a war. The cemetery is well kept, and the headstones are all laying flat.

1  Thank alfatromsoe_Norway
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