18.08.1918 - 702 well-known German war dead
Friedrich Thies
Heinrich Bergene
Alfred Michalsky
Adam Becher
August Biermann
Paul von Homann
Karl Kleeberg
Josef Stoger
Johann Schmid
Gustav Kielmann
Willi Milz
Franz Kreuz
Wilhelm Thieme
Bernhard Aubele
Gustav Baatz
Franz Xaver Weber
Otto Schahn
Emil Fröhlich
Franz Onderka
Alwin Haase V
Max Kiesewetter
Friedrich Seils
Wilhelm Hilger
Jacob Fischer
Franz Dietz
Albert Kürbs
August Halfmann
Julius Lehmann
Alexander Sylenkow
Kurt Günther
Otto Angelroth
Wilhelm Knaf
Karl Strangfeld
Wladislaus Zabielski
Rudolf Meyer
Paul Walter
Edmond Xardel
Fritz Wünsche
Kurt Herzmann
Wilhelm Schulz
Hans Wolke
Rudolf Weigand
Johann Heise
Josef Kötzre
Franz Trippel
Karl Näther
Karl Rudolf
Andreas Gensler
Joseph Dallinger
Johann Lemkes
Anton Winkler
Heinrich Harms
Josef Muffler
Johann Bahl
Heinrich Zahn
Adolf Fiedler
Josef Serdonek
Karl Ehrenberger
Ladislaus Turzinsky
Leo Sieg
Johann Welzbacher
Anton Reihl
Salomon Goldschmidt
Heinrich Moje
Albin Lorenz
Hermann Eschrich
Franz Rosenberg
Paul Klembke
August Mack
Edmund Adam
Willi Zoll
Andreas Standt
Paul Hornberger
Karl Jung
Ernst Otto
Franz Drechsel
Anton Mazurek
Erich Arndt
Robert Lasske
Heinrich Walle
Wilhelm Kuhl
Alois Kirsch
Karl Müller
Johann Berger
Heinrich Eckern
Franz Nimz
Otto Albrecht
Alfred Laerisch
Friedrich Heller
Karl Barth
Heinrich Sautmann
Walter Hohmann
Otto Härling
Wilhelm Klee
Richard Stähnke
Thomas Muchlinski
Alfred Drechsler
Hans Ramming
Georg Schall
Julius Meyer

Welcome to the theme site of the German War Graves Commission

On this site, we have brought together information on the forthcoming 100th anniversary of the First World War and we are presenting selected commemorative plans, projects and events organised by the Commission and other organisations, as well as institutions from Germany and other countries.

Here, you can find, amongst other things, ideas for projects for schoolchildren and teenagers, tips for the organisation and staging of commemorative events, information on planned commemorative events, and other background information on the subject.

The website is regularly updated. You are invited to subscribe your own projects here too, in order to provide interested parties with information that is as comprehensive as possible and to present your own projects.

2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. In this "great seminal catastrophe" of the 20th century with its murderous, costly battles, almost 10 million soldiers died a gruesome death; a further 20 million were wounded and were physically or mentally scarred for life. Entire regions were devastated – broken up by shells, contaminated by poison gas. Names like Verdun, Ypres, Tannenberg or the Somme stand for a hitherto unprecedented level of mass slaughter, which makes a mockery of the propaganda of the time that told of a "hero's death".

The First World War changed the lives of the people, societies and states in Europe. The common memory of this collective nightmare, its causes and effects is, therefore, an indispensable part of the European integration process. In spite of differences in national cultures of remembrance, we have the fundamental conviction that we are, today, more than an artificially created community for solving current financial and economic problems.

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, therefore answered sceptics as follows in his commemorative address at the German Bundestag on the German National Day of Mourning in 2008:

„Anyone who doubts Europe, anyone who despairs of Europe should visit the war cemeteries! Nowhere is it possible to feel more vividly, more forcefully and more movingly what European conflict at its worst can achieve.“

Jean-Claude Juncker – The Prime Minister of Luxembourg