Who are our adopters?

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?

Part 15: Natalia (54) and Bert (69) Demers

“It was touching to see the tombstones with the soldiers’ names in Cyrillic, so far from home.”

Part 14: Ilse Matser (51) from Amersfoort

“My hope is that we can connect people in the Netherlands with those in Russia and other former Soviet Republics”
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Part 13: José Huurdeman (63) from Stoutenburg

“There is nothing worse than a ‘missing’ relative of whom no trace remains”

Part 12: Jan Piek (74) from Utrecht

“I did not know millions of Russians had died for our freedom.”

Part 11: Roel Zuidhof (53) from Amersfoort

“I always felt very bad about family not knowing where someone lies buried.”

Part 10: Regina Robeerts (69) from Soesterberg

“My feeling was that an unknown soldier too deserves an extra light”

Part 9: Joke (70) from Zwolle

“The soldier was playing the very instrument I am trying to master”

Part 8: Charlie (12) and Nathalie (47) Vink from Amersfoort

“The family lives far away. As adopters, we are like a second family to the soldier.”

Part 7: Renger Rakhorst (69) from Amersfoort

“Every year on my birthday, my father’s family was crying at 8 o’clock”

Part 6: Sjef Moonen (69) from Margraten

“My father-in-law told me there was a group of Russians who were treated even worse than they had been.”

Part 5: Ron Klunder (57) from Maarssen

“As a former professional soldier I learned what it’s like to protect the liberty of fellow human beings.”

Part 4: Wim de Boom (75) from Landgraaf

” Until 2019 I had never heard about the Soviet Military Cemetery”

Part 3: Kathelijne Jongeling (42) from De Valk (municipality of Ede)

“In my opinion we were told too little about the Russians when it comes to the war.”

Part 2: Sasha Grond (20) from Amsterdam

“When I read that his mother had been searching for her son for years because he was missing in action, my heart broke.”

Part 1: Bert (77) and Ina (78) Prinsen from Amersfoort

“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”