War grave place Nardt


In the camp Elsterhorst died after the end of world war II 621 German soldiers and 606 men, women and children as refugees from Schlesien, Pommern, East Prussia and the Sudetenland. They were buried approx. 1.5 km removed from the camp, partly in mass graves with unknown grave situation.

Due to the fact that to be deplored the high number of dead people in the camp Elsterhorst under Russian administration, the topic "Camp Elsterhorst" was hushed up in the time of socialism entire, in the hope one day nobody will more remember. So is it not amazing, that in no historical literature over Hoyerswerda and this environment (which kown by the author) somewhat written over the camp Elsterhorst in the time of GDR. It did not fit the heroful myth of the UDSSR.

Not amazingly is also the fact which the grave plants of the war grave place Nardt not cared in the GDR trough the state. The GDR was not interest in the grave care of German war-dead. Only individual graves were privately cared by citizen of Nardt, since many member of the dead ones due to the division of Germany and/or large distances could not take over the care any longer.

With the collapse of the socialist system 1989 the interest in information and in the historical processing of the topic became larger. The in at that time still independent municipality Nardt was conscious itself, that the care of all graves must be taken up again.

In 1990 began the planning for a war grave place in bigger co-operation with the national union German military grave registration service e.V.. At the beginning municipality worker cleared up the area extensive. Subsequently, marode gravestones were removed and the area gotten a new grass. Each grave received a uniform granite cross and a central memorial place with a wooden high cross was established.

The war grave place Nardt is since the official inauguration on 21 May 1993 in a willful condition, in order to become fair the legacy of the dead ones, which died in the camp Elsterhorst.

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Grave in private care into the 1950er years Grave in private care into the 1950er years

Source: unknown

Source: Fam. Munick


total view

central intending place with high cross


Source: R. Munick

Source: R. Munick

row graves

row graves


Source: R. Munick

Source: R. Munick

memorial stone of the group of homelands and central office county Glatz/Schlesien e.V.

information and memorial board over the camp Elsterhorst


Source: R. Munick

Source: R. Munick
memorial boards for buried one their exact grave situation does not exist    
Source: R. Munick  


report of the MDR-Sachsenspiegel small panorama video
year: november 1993 year: may 2005
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size: 4,31 MB size: 585 KB

source: R. Munick

source: R. Munick


"Reconciliation needs memory. Memory needs information."

Professor Dr. Guido Knopp
Historian, leader contemporary history by Second Channel of German Television