La Cambe: Summary

“We should try for one thing in this world: to think a little less about ourselves and a little more about others; to do a little less for ourselves and a little more for others; to love ourselves a little less and to love others just a little more.”
Walter Sonneborn

Following the political turnaround in Eastern Europe, ‘The Association for the Care of German War Graves’ was set up in Kassel, Germany.

It has become even more difficult to find new unmarked burial sites so long after the end of the Second World War.

Some three million German soldiers died in the former Eastern Block countries in the Second World War.

Over 50,000 German soldiers have been recovered in Eastern Europe since 1991 and the rescue service team documents its findings in protocols.

‘The Association for the Care of German War Graves’ faces many difficulties: Most of the burial sites erected during the war are no longer present, are difficult to find, have been destroyed, built over or plundered.

In Normandy, the war dead are laid to rest in La Cambe, which provides long-term security for their graves.

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