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Polish War Graves in Germany Documented

1 Apr 2024 3:05 PM | Anonymous

If you are looking for ancestors or other relatives who “died in the war,” this may be a help. From the web site:

The Foundation for Polish-German Reconciliation (FPNP) has information on 1,200 cemeteries or memorial sites where the remains of Polish citizens rest, says Jakub Deka, chairman of the management board at FPNP — an organization that includes the documentation of Polish war graves in Germany.

According to estimates, there may be as many as 300,000 victims resting at those sites.

“Since 2017, our foundation, with the support of the Polish culture and national heritage ministry, has been intensively working on the documentation and inventory of Polish war graves in cemeteries and memorials in Germany. This is a very extensive project. I think the effects of our work are beginning to be visible,” Deka said.

“The longer we implement this project, the more we see that there is still work to do for many, many years to come,” Deka stressed, adding that the burial sites of Poles in Germany “are very numerous.”

“I’m talking about war graves, that is, graves of people who died, were killed, were murdered on German territory, or were buried there during the war years,” Deka explained noting that under German legislation “war graves are also considered to be graves of people who survived the war, were liberated by the Allies or the Soviet army and stayed on German territory, in camps for displaced persons DPs).”

“The graves of such people who died by [before] 1952 are also considered war graves.”

“Using archival materials, information from museum institutions, and cemetery administrations, we try to determine whether the graves of Polish victims still exist, in what condition they are, we visit these places, make photographic documentation, describe the cemeteries, the location of the graves. We also often document places and cemeteries where graves existed that were liquidated in the post-war years,” Dekal said.

Based on the collected materials, an online database is being created, available at An FPNP spokesperson said: “If you visit the website, you can see that an interactive map of Germany is dotted with these sites.”

“So far we have information on 1,200 cemeteries or memorials where the remains of Polish citizens are located.”

FPNP was established in 1991 as a result of an agreement between the Polish and German governments. It is a nonprofit organization working for Polish-German dialog and the victims of Nazi persecution.

An estimated six million Polish citizens were slaughtered during WWII, approximately half were Polish Jews killed in the Holocaust orchestrated by the German Nazis.

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