Cemetery takes prominent place in Uzbek Museum

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The brand new Museum of Glory in Uzbekistan will get a section completely devoted to the 101 Uzbeks who were killed in Amersfoort. The president of the Central Asian country has invited the Dutchman Remco Reiding to come to Tashkent as an advisor . The museum of Glory stands in the Victory park in the Lees verder…

Soviet soldier given a face after 75 years

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Since the end of the war he lay buried under a misspelt name at the Soviet Military Cemetery in Leusden. Now his identity is finally clear: Timofey Gendin. Today his grandchildren in Ukraine received news that granddad is no longer missing. In the village of Soldatske, on the border with Russia, the news spread like Lees verder…

Soviet Military Cemetery is elated about finding tin

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The Soviet Military Cemetery Foundation is delighted with the find of a cigarette tin at the Police Academy in Leusden. It probably belonged to one of the Soviet soldiers who died in Kamp Amersfoort and lie buried in the Soviet Military Cemetery. “We’re elated about this surprising discovery”, says Remco Reiding, director of the Soviet Lees verder…

Ambassadors lay wreath on Soviet Military Cemetery

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The ambassadors of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Belorussia have this morning each laid a wreath on the Soviet Military Cemetery in Leusden. Thus showing their respect for the 865 war victims from the former Soviet Union that lie buried here. The Netherlands Ministry of Defence was represented by Lieutenant colonel Peter van Stee. Gerolf Lees verder…

Uzbeks chosen among most appealing photos WW2

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The snapshot of Uzbeks in Amersfoort is among the 100 most appealing photos of the Second world War in The Netherlands. That was officially announced today. The two shown in the photograph belonged to a group of 101 Soviet soldiers who were killed in and around Kamp Amersfoort. Their remains were buried at the Soviet Lees verder…

All war graves adorned with flowers

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Bloemen plaatsen Sovjet Ereveld from Stichting Sovjet Ereveld on Vimeo. All war graves on the Soviet Military Cemetery and Rusthof cemetery in Leusden have this afternoon been adorned with flowers. Volunteers of the Soviet Military Cemetery Foundation placed over 1330 vases with bouquets. Because of the corona crisis only a limited number of people were Lees verder…

Moving interview with soldier’s daughter

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For the Dutch paper ‘Nederlands Dagblad’ we interviewed the daughter of a soldier. Read her extensive story. Lidia Ivanovna Opaleva: “I never knew my dad. I was born in October 1941, a month after he left for the front on 29 September 1941. Traditionally a farewell party is given on the evening of departure. But Lees verder…