Cover Osteuropa 6/2008

In Osteuropa 6/2008

Graveside Reconciliation
The German War Graves Commission in Russia

Elfie Siegl

Deutsche Fassung


Since the end of the First World War, the German War Graves Commission has looked after the graves of fallen German soldiers. In 1984, the commission was able to take up work in the Soviet Union, but only in 1992 did Germany and Russia sign a war graves agreement. Despite the gradual rapprochement, German military cemeteries remain an offence for older people in Russia, for others a political issue. However, this applied reconciliation work is showing first results.

(Osteuropa 6/2008, pp. 307–316)