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The most important German cemetery from the First World War lies in the village of Vladslo, north of Ypres and close to the city of Diksmuide. In one of the few oak-tree woods in the area lie hundreds of square black stones with the names of the buried soldiers. The peace treaty of Versailles denied the losers of the war the use of white stone.

The stones lie in rigid lines in the grass under the trees. No flowers decorate the burial grounds.

 

Each stone carries twenty names , twenty rank specifications, twenty death dates :
Herman Kames, Seesoldat, + 25.12.1914.
No age indications.
No consoling words.

 

THE MOURNING PARENTS

At the back of the cemetery stands the Käthe Kollwitz sculpture ' The Mourning Parents'.

This German sculptress made the work of art as a remembrance monument for her son Peter who lies buried on this cemetery.

The faces of both the man and the woman resemble the face of Käthe and her husband. The eyes of the father-figure look towards the ninth stone in front of him on which the name of their son Peter is written.

 

 

 


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