Russians donate 300.000 euros for renovation Military Cemetery

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The Russian government has earmarked 300.000 euros for the Soviet Military Cemetery in Leusden. The money will serve to replace all 865 headstones at the cemetery in the coming year. “These graves are the tangible and symbolic reminders of our turbulent history”, says Alexander Shulgin, the Russian ambassador in The Netherlands. “We must never forget Lees verder…

Russians want sample of ‘sacred’ Leusden soil

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The Russian authorities want to collect some soil from the Soviet Military Cemetery and bring it to Moscow. There it will get a permanent spot in a monument to commemorate the victims of the Second World War. The Soviet Military Cemetery in Leusden is one of over 15.000 burial grounds from which soil will be Lees verder…

November 10; guided tour of the Soviet War Cemetery

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The Soviet War Cemetery Foundation is conducting a tour of the Soviet War Cemetery, next to the Rusthof cemetery (Dodeweg 31 in Leusden), on Sunday 10 November at 11.30 am. 865 war victims from the former Soviet Union lie buried here. The tour will be led by researcher/journalist Remco Reiding, who identified hundreds of soldiers Lees verder…

Guided tour of the Soviet War Cemetery

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The Soviet War Cemetery Foundation is conducting a tour of the Soviet War Cemetery, next to the Rusthof cemetery (Dodeweg 31 in Leusden), on Sunday 22 September at 11.30 am. 865 war victims from the former Soviet Union lie buried here. The tour will be led by researcher/journalist Remco Reiding, who identified hundreds of soldiers Lees verder…

Diary from Georgia (4) – Wine first, DNA later

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By Alex Engbers Ateni Zaur Vanishvili is a bon vivant. He has filter cigarettes lying within reach all over the place. Despite his stout posture he moves smoothly through his marani, a beautifully furnished wine cellar where he treats his guests from The Netherlands to fresh bread, lightly salted cheese and delicious cold wine. As Lees verder…

Diary from Georgia (3) – The news that came after all

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By Alex Engbers Tbilisi We have agreed to meet in downtown Tbilisi, in an apartment of one of the grandchildren of Anton Gviniashvili, who was murdered in Beverwijk in April 1945. The nephew lives on the tenth floor. The elevator only works if you drop a coin in the meter. Fortunately we have such a Lees verder…

Diary from Georgia (2) – Proud of a paper from Beverwijk

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By Alex Engbers Zhinvali Zhinvali is a dreamy Georgian village near the border with South Ossetia. Apart from a few stray dogs the streets are empty. A bleak sun bravely tries to chase away the winter but the bare tree branches reveal that spring has not yet arrived here in the Caucasus. Remco Reiding is Lees verder…

Diary from Georgia (part 1): In the hospital

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Arrival in Tbilisi. The delegation of the Foundation Russian Military Cemetery arrives at 02.00 hours at its sleeping accommodation. Our treasurer happens to work here and so we can sleep in his apartment. Close to five president Alex Engbers slips out of bed for a sanitary stop. He chooses his steps carefully but in the Lees verder…

Diary from Uzbekistan (11): Uzbeks want to recreate Kamp Amersfoort

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Published on 7 October 2018 by Stichting Russisch Ereveld Tashkent, 7 October Uzbekistan harbours serious plans for recreating Kamp Amersfoort. That was made public in Tashkent this weekend. In this infamous concentration camp 35.000 Dutchmen have been incarcerated and 101 Uzbeks were killed there in 1942. This remarkable initiative coincides with the publication of a Lees verder…

Diary from Uzbekistan (10): You only see it when you get it

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Published on 4 October 2018 by Stichting Russisch Ereveld Karshi/Qarshi Uzbekistan is a crossroads of peoples, faiths and languages. And it’s always been that way. Since forever more powerful neighbours have cast a covetous eye on pearls like Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand. From Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan and from the Arabs to the Lees verder…