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October 28, 2014

War memorials in honor of German soldiers who fought in two World Wars

War memorial to the German soldiers who fought in World War One

War memorial, in the town of Dachau, to the German soldiers who fought in World War One

Today I am responding to a comment made by a reader of my blog, who wrote that there are no war memorials to the German soldiers who fought in the two World Wars.  However, there is now a war memorial to German and Austrian soldiers who deserted during war time; they are the real heroes: http://www.dw.de/austria-inaugurates-memorial-to-wehrmacht-deserters-killed-by-the-nazis/a-18019168

The photo, at the top of this page, shows a war memorial in the town of Dachau, which has a statue of St. Sebastion on the top.

I have not seen very many war memorials to the German soldiers who fought in World War II, but there are many monuments in Germany in honor of the German soldiers who fought in the First World War.  The photo at the top of this page was taken in the town of Dachau; this monument is in honor of the soldiers who fought and died in World War I.

This website has numerous photos of monuments to German soldiers: http://www.thirdreichruins.com/memorials.htm

The grave of German soldiers who fought against the Communists

The grave of German soldiers who fought against the Communists in 1919

The photograph above shows the final resting place of four men of the Freikorps Görlitz, a militia group which fought the Red Army of the Communists. The names on the grave stone, shown above, are 2nd Lieutenant Bertram, Muskateer Labuke, Private Hauk, and Gunner Hilbig.

These men were killed near the village of Pellheim, just outside the town of Dachau, on April 30, 1919. They were engaged in a battle against the Communists who had set up a Soviet government in the state of Bavaria, after overthrowing the imperial government, under their Jewish leader Kurt Eisner, on November 7, 1918.

War memorial of the German soldiers who fought in World War I

War memorial to the German soldiers who fought in World War I

The photo above was taken, by an American soldier in 1945,  just outside the Dachau concentration camp.  It shows the “death train” in the background.

St. Blaise chapel in the town of Rothenburg

St. Blaise chapel in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

The photo above was taken in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It shows St. Blaise chapel which is in honor of the German soldiers who fought and died in two World World wars.

Names on a German war memorial

German war memorial inside St. Blaise chapel at Rothenburg ob der Tauber

A war memorial window in the town of Rothenburg honors German soldiers

A war memorial window in St. Blaise chapel honors German soldiers who died in both World Wars

War memorial in town of Mauthausen

War memorial in town of Mauthausen honors German soldiers, who were killed in both World Wars

New Memorial to German and Austrian soldiers who deserted during war time.

New Memorial to German and Austrian soldiers who deserted during war time and were executed

What is the world coming to?  Now we have monuments to soldiers who were executed because they were deserters during a war. Can anyone, who is reading this, think of anything more stupid than this?

How long before the Austrians decide that this monument is not adequate to demonize the German soldiers in World War II?  Maybe they can put up a 4.7 acre monument, like the one in Berlin, which is inadequate, according to this article in the New York Times:  http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/the-inadequacy-of-berlins-memorial-to-the-murdered-jews-of-europe

 

25 Comments »

  1. The idea that graffiti is tolerated on war memorials in Germany is nonsense. Many Germans remember with pride their fallen but do so without all the pomp and pageant that we see in other countries. Compared to the U.k and America German losses were enormous as they were always fighting on several fronts against huge odds. Only the best soldiers could have withstood this for 5 years. Had it not been for the German soldier there is every possibility we would have ended up under a communist regime. We cannot even contemplate the idea of losing 100,000 in a battle during the Second World War but that is what the Hitler Youth lost in the battle for Berlin against the Russians.Many were as young as 12 years old. History is written by the victors but is often selective and inaccurate and that is still true of the wars as far back as the Napoleonic where Britain seems to think it won the Battle of Waterloo in spite the fact that they only made up a part of a large European Army……..the largest contingent in fact being German. On the Rhine stands a statue to Blucher and his Prussians and underneath the inscription ” The Victor of Waterloo” Who said the Germans aren’t proud of their soldiers?

    Comment by powder blue — November 20, 2016 @ 2:57 am

  2. “What is the world coming to? Now we have monuments to soldiers who were executed because they were deserters during a war. Can anyone, who is reading this, think of anything more stupid than this?”

    “When you’re fighting in the Devil’s army, deserting is not only a right but a moral duty.” – Something Elie Wiesel could have said.😉

    Is there a Stauffenberg Street in Tel Aviv? No? There should be one…

    Comment by hermie — October 30, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

  3. I’m just trying to make sure I read this correctly. A monument to deserters ? I don’t give a damn whose army you’re in,you desert you go to the gallows. Unless they worked at one of the camps,I’m not in line with that. The only person lower than someone who deserts is a damn draft dodger. Send the whole lot to the gallows. Truth be known,they were probably cowards. Hey I didn’t like it when I got packed off to Southeast Asia . I was scared shitless,but I never cut out on my brothers. This is just pathetic. Call it a monument to backstabbers. That would work better

    Comment by Tim — October 28, 2014 @ 10:37 pm

    • Tim, I couldn’t agree more. And if I may say, that stupid monument is ugly as hell. A big “X?” One of these days that stupid monument is going to get bulldozed.

      Comment by The Furred Reich — January 25, 2015 @ 10:12 pm

      • I forgot all about this one,now I see why. I’m am the shining text book example of hypocrisy. I’ll point out my own shortcomings before somebody else does. This one I don’t really have an answer for. Okay,some of them worked at the extermination camps. They’re still under the same government as the boys that were on the field of battle. That one I’ll leave to the “philosophical gurus” and the legal scholars. It deals with morals and legal issues. Whatever their reason for desertion may have been, it’s treason in my opinion. Maybe they were afraid of ending up dead. In that case like my daddy would tell me,”silence their gun before they silence yours.” I’m not saying I’m “billy badass”. I mentioned to someone on here before,my first engagement in southeast Asia i shite and pissed all over myself. I know I wasn’t having a good time. Desertion didn’t enter my mind,because I wouldn’t know which way to go. J was one of three cherries. I can’t say for sure,but o may have been thinking,”I can’t run out on these guys.” Doing that still wouldn’t have guaranteed my place among the living. Deciding they would desert goes a deeper than your country. You gave someone your word you’d cover them and then duck out. I Don’t have a right to say who should live or die,but if it’s execution then so be it. Now we give them a memorial? The men who didn’t desert. The ones that fell. What did they get? Even though they were the opposition I’ll respect them for one simple reason,they stood their ground all the up to when they fell. What’s gonna happen next? Teachers take students to this memorial ? “Here children. These are your new heros.” The first time I saw this site the thought entered onto my head,”another Jew hater”. I’ll admit I was way off there. Actually this person running the site,is giving us new facts. The people that write history are giving us,”their version”. The person at this site is obviously very passionate about this subject. This person is actually letting us decide. I’m given new information here that I feel should be printed in history books. Give the next generation the opportunity to decide for themselves . Present this to them. Ask them if being a cut throat,back stabber is what they would aspire to be. That seems to be the message here. F**k over the people that thought they could depend on you. So what. You get executed,but you will become an immortal. Monument and all. Who came up with this idea? The lunatics at the asylum?

        Comment by Tim — January 26, 2015 @ 8:23 am

    • No deserter deserves a monument. As a soldier you fight for your country not its politics irrespective of whether you agree with them or not. Many Germans were not Nazi’s but were patriots who fought for their Fatherland

      Comment by powder blue — November 20, 2016 @ 3:06 am

      • Fight for your country ? Trust me. That shit goes out the window when you’re being shot at. The only thing me and buddies fought for,was keeping each other alive. Anyone says differently,they’re full of shit. You put your lives in each other’s hands. Someone that ducks out,just shows,they never gave a shit about their brothers in arms. Hang em. Firing squad is too good for them

        Comment by Tim — November 20, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

  4. …there are no war memorials to the German soldiers who fought in the two World Wars.

    Of course that’s absurd. Absolutely absurd. They are literally all over Germany. Here is the one in front of the large Siemens Verwaltungsgebäude in the northwest of Berlin (on Rohrdamm). Lining the interior walls are metal plaques with the names of Siemens employees killed in WWI. For each year of WWII there is a square stone — similar to the ‘Holocaust’ memorial in central Berlin.

    Comment by eah — October 28, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

  5. Here’s a memorial in Celle to the fallen and victims of WW2 from Marienwerder.

    Here’s another in the same Celle park to the fallen and victims from Belgard and Schivelbein.

    I’ll hazard a guess that Celle must have become the new home of many of the people who fled/were ethnically cleansed from these areas, all of which are now in Poland.
    http://www.bkge.de/Heimatsammlungen/Verzeichnis/Herkunftsgebiete/Pommern/Belgard-Schivelbein.php

    Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — October 28, 2014 @ 12:49 pm


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