Medal for volunteer Ina Prinsen

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Our volunteer Ina Prinsen-Pieneman received a royal decoration this morning. Ina (79) has been a volunteer of the Soviet Military Cemetery Foundation ever since its inception. She and her husband Bert have frequently acted as host family for next of kin of Soviet soldiers, furthermore she dispatches books about the Military Cemetery and assists among Lees verder…

Soldier finally found 76 years after war’s end

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This week the family of private Elizbar Chitashvili was located in the Georgian village of Sabue. 76 years after the end of the Second World War his relatives finally learned that he has been found and lies buried in the Soviet Military Cemetery in Leusden. His family was incredulous and joyful at the same time Lees verder…

Silent March on 4 May performed by pupils

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The Silent March on 4 May will this year be performed by two school classes, deputy mayor Willem-Jan Stegeman of Amersfoort and mayor Gerolf Bouwmeester of Leusden. Together they will travel the route from Kamp Amersfoort to the Soviet Military Cemetery and Rusthof cemetery. Joey van Loveren will lead the procession with his drum. Due Lees verder…

Military Cemetery closed during meetings on 3 and 9 May

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The Soviet Military Cemetery is closed to visitors on 3 May from 12.30 to 15.00 hours and on 9 May from 10.30 to 12.00 hours. Because of the measures against corona only invitees will be allowed admission. The Military Cemetery will be open during standard hours, but we ask you to avoid the normally busy Lees verder…

Ambassadors will lay wreath on 9 May during closed ceremony

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Unfortunately this year’s 9 May ceremony will once again take place without public attendance. During the annual commemoration, Victory day in several former Soviet republics, there will be a private wreath laying ceremony. Ambassadors, mayors and representatives of the provincial and central government will lay a wreath in time slots to prevent a gathering of Lees verder…

Soldier identified after 23 years of research

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After 23 years of research it is finally clear who rests in grave #252: Elizbar Ivanovich Chitashvili. The soldier was buried under a misspelled name: Eliahan Tschinarschvilin. All that was known of him was that on 24 April 1945 at age 25 he was admitted to hospital in Herne (Germany), where he died of tuberculosis. Lees verder…

101 soldiers mentioned in book about Uzbekistan

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Just recently a book has been published with stories on Uzbekistan. In it is also a chapter on the 101 Soviet soldiers that were killed in Amersfoort during the Second World War. As far as known the majority of them came from Uzbekistan. The book was officially presented in Brussels to the Uzbek ambassador Dilyor Lees verder…

Light a candle at home on April 9

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The commemoration of 9 April will unfortunately be held without public attendance. Because of the measures against the spread of the corona virus the board of the Soviet Military Cemetery Foundation has decided to limit the placing of candles to a small circle. We ask you to burn a candle at home for the 77 Lees verder…

Pieter Waterdrinker speaker on online adopters’ day

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We are pleased that the well-known writer Pieter Waterdrinker wants to be our guest during our annual adopters’ day. On Sunday 18 April as from 12.00 hours he will talk about how important the Second World War is to the Russians and how great the suffering this war has caused. Since 1996 Waterdrinker lives alternately Lees verder…

After 73 years private Alexander has finally been given a face

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73 years after having been buried at the Soviet Military Cemetery in Leusden, the soldier in grave number 391 has finally been given a face. His photo is on his POW card that today came into possession of the Soviet Military Cemetery Foundation. Twenty years ago researcher Remco Reiding managed to identify the soldier as Lees verder…