Of the 865 graves on the Soviet Military Cemetery over 500 are adopted. By people who are care deeply about the dead soldiers and their relatives. Who are these adopters and what is their story?
“I always felt very bad about family not knowing where someone lies buried.
“My feeling was that an unknown soldier too deserves an extra light”
“The soldier was playing the very instrument I am trying to master”
“The family lives far away. As adopters, we are like a second family to the soldier.”
“Every year on my birthday, my father’s family was crying at 8 o’clock”
“My father-in-law told me there was a group of Russians who were treated even worse than they had been.”
“As a former professional soldier I learned what it’s like to protect the liberty of fellow human beings.”
” Until 2019 I had never heard about the Soviet Military Cemetery”
“In my opinion we were told too little about the Russians when it comes to the war.”
“When I read that his mother had been searching for her son for years because he was missing in action, my heart broke.”
“Each year we have a photo taken of us at the grave so Lidia knows it was not a one-off thing, but that her father’s resting place is being well-cared for”