Monday, January 26, 2009
I took a walk on the Ohlsdorf cemetery this Sunday and discovered the graves of British/Commonwealth soldiers who died during WWII in Germany and were buried here. Most of them were aviators and the graves in the picture are those of a flight crew who died together.
There are a few hundred graves and a small chapel where you can look up a list with all the names of the men buried here.
The cemetery is the biggest non-military cemetery worldwide and you can walk there for hours. it's very park-like, with small lakes, lots of trees and a lot of wildlife. There are many old graves, the cemetery was opened in 1877, and many have really beautiful sculptures and gravemarkers. It's a bit like reading a history book - there are soldiers buried here from both world wars, people who died during the bombing of Hamburg (Operation Gomorrha), the victims of the big flood in 1962 ect. There's even a prehistoric burial mound, but you have to know that it's there or you'd walk right past it.
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