€445,000 for German war graves


Funding has been approved to allow restoration and maintenance of German First World War cemeteries in West Flanders

Cemeteries to be restored

Flanders’ heritage minister Geert Bourgeois has approved funding of €445,000 for the restoration and maintenance of German First World War cemeteries. The funding will be divided among the cemeteries at Langemark-Poelkapelle, Vladslo, Hooglede and Menen, all in West Flanders.

Langemark-Poelkapelle receives €211,000 for the renovation of the inside and outside of the reception block, as well as of the burial grounds. The hall of honour and the Kameradengraf – a common grave for those of the fallen who could not be identified – will be reconstructed. A group of sculptures by the German artist Emil Krieger will be returned to its original position.

The cemetery in Vladslo, now part of the city of Diksmuide, receives €150,000 for works, including a stone surface at ground level around the sculpture of the mourning parents by the German artist Käthe Kollwitz (pictured), as well as changes to make the cemetery more accessible for people with disabilities.

An additional €84,000 will be available for maintaining the appearance of all four sites, including the removal of overgrown weeds from paths and gravestones, maintenance of trees and hedges and the cleaning of buildings and gravestones. 

Photo courtesy Liege/Wikimedia Commons

First World War

Claiming the lives of more than nine million people and destroying entire cities and villages in Europe, the Great War was one of the most dramatic armed conflicts in human history. It lasted from 1914 to 1918.
Flanders Field - For four years, a tiny corner of Flanders known as the Westhoek became one of the war’s major battlefields.
Untouched - Poperinge, near Ypres, was one of the few towns in Flanders that remained unoccupied for most of the war.
Cemetery - The Tyne Cot graveyard in Passchendaele is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world.
550 000

lives lost in West Flanders

368 000

annual visitors to the Westhoek

1 914

First Battle of Ypres