Monday, January 26, 2009

MyWorld Tuesday

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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.
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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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13 comments:

kjpweb said...

Very good post and a great reminder!
Cheers, Klaus

Reader Wil said...

Grave yards belong to our world, that's true! It's a well kept cemetry! Thanks for sharing.

ewok1993 said...

That really looks like a quiet place where one can get his/her daily walks. Nice post.

imac said...

Great post, which carries a lot of old memories.

Babooshka said...

This is such a poignant post. It is good we show all sides of our world's not just the pretty, but the sombre. Well done,

Carver said...

Interesting post and very touching photographs. There is a lot of history in cemeteries.

Guy D said...

Fantastic shots, great capture of a very special place.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

fishing guy said...

Jedidiah: Thanks for sharing a sad remembrance from your world.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

It always puts me in a reflective mood to walk through such a cemetery, its something about a cemetery that makes my heart beat slow and steady.

Janie said...

I agree that a cemetery tells us a lot about history. Thanks for sharing your walk through photos.

Marites said...

old, old cemeteries interest me because as you said, it's like walking through history aside from the fact that there are a lot of beautiful sculptures that you can see.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Thanks so much for the history on this cemetry.
It seems that there is always a lot of history in these places.

Arija said...

Graveyards so often portray the poignant history of a regions. In death protagonists lie side by side. A vry good post.