This week representatives of the Uzbek province of Navoi took a look at the Soviet Military Cemetery in Leusden. In preparation for an official visit of a delegation led by the governor.
The cemetery contains at least one soldier from the province of Navoi.: Said Kacharov. On behalf of his brother Adiz the representatives scattered some earth on his grave. They also left a jar from his birthplace Nurata. Adiz is going to be part of the company that will come to The Netherlands in early May.
Partly thanks to the efforts of the Soviet Military Cemetery Foundation the soldiers buried in Leusden attract more and more interest in Uzbekistan.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev attaches great value to keeping the memory of the victims of World War II alive. He made special mention of the 101 Uzbek Soviet soldiers who were killed in and around Kamp Amersfoort.
Together with the Uzbek ministry of film the Soviet Military Cemetery Foundation is working on a documentary about them. With financial aid from the regional authorities in the province of Samarkand.
The province of Navoi also shows great interest in the Uzbek war victims buried in Leusden. Governor Kabul Tursunov wrote an official letter of gratitude, that this week was handed over to Remco Reiding (director) and Alex Engbers (chairman) of the Soviet Military Cemetery Foundation.
See the Letter of Gratitude.
Photos by Jeroen Hendriks