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“A different emotional reaction but a powerful place”

German War Cemetery Saint-Laurent-Blangy
Reviewed December 12, 2013

End of the day and the light was falling. This place is so different from British cemeteries: stark and yet caring; blunt and yet individual aspects flourished. They were also but young men and the futility of it all stands out along with the courage. Delighted to see CGWC poppy wreath as a sign of respect and even solidarity. We all felt more saddened than uplifted

1  Thank Peter L
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

The sheer size of the cemetery is unbelievable, added to the fact that a minimum of 4 Germans lay under every iron cross gives you some realisation of the numbers lost , especially when you realise that only 20% of Germans casualties were ever buried

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

As a former Breton student and present teacher in English and German I spent some time observing the graves and names of these brave soldiers who died for their own ideology and their own fatherland. I was impressed by the Commonwealth graves and also by the Silesian Cemetery from St-Laurent Blangy showing the forenames of the buried and revealing that German, English or French young men had the same names.

Thank patrick g
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

It was such a contrast to the Commonwealth cemetaries. Grey crosses,four to a grave seeming to streach endlessly,to call it an "attraction" is almost blasphemous,I thought that it was a very dark reminder of the past & losses of life on all sides. Interesting that the grave markers for Jewish soldiers have a different marker,obviously they couldn't be marked by a cross,whereas in commonwealth cemetaries there is no distinction until you read the individual headstone. I don't mean that as a criticism, simply an observation made with the hindsight of history.If you visit the WW1 battlefields,see this as a reminder that the grief & loss has two sides,regardless of the causes & politics.

1  Thank pippa w
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

I never thought I'd be moved so much at the sight of all these graves and the fact they are brow/black as opposed to the white graves of other nations. Truly thought provoking. Try and go to see it.

1  Thank Debra P
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