19.09.1918 - 499 well-known German war dead
Joseph Lachenmayr
Paul Brade
Walter Jahn
Berthold Schindler
Philipp Lumpp
Konrad Link
Walter Scheel
Theodor Meyer
Peter Stoffelen
Bruno Sobotta
Ernst Wille
Theodor Burkhardt
Leo Rohde
Paul Müller
Heinrich Fischer
Gustav Dittberner
Kurt Wünsche
Josef Haffner
Wilhelm Altmeyer
Anton Niewerth
Bruno Ehrlich
Fritz Otto
Peter Kuth
Hermann Gerstenberger
Wilhelm Ellebracht
Otto Meseke
Paul Bludau
Heinrich Hoppe
Otto Fricke
Richard Lange
Aloiys Rzyttky
Otto Dauksch
Moris Fürstenheim
Walter Höhn
Josef Gröne
Otto Albert Müller
Joseph Weckemann
Ernst Ehe
Paul Purschke
Bruno Bartsch
Georg Gackstatter
Karl Weindorf
Heinrich Schwarz
Franz Albert Heimann
Klaus Behnken
Hermann Strathusen
Jan Lehmbeck
Heinrich Breukmann
Axel von Schlieffen
Johann Roos
Jakob Müller
Friedrich Heidelbach
Joh. Lewandowski
Artur Armbrust
August Alt
Friedrich Plaenert
Hermann Fichtner
Johann Kubiak
Johann Ramczikowski
Max Schaps
Theodor Dörr
Engelbert Hogrewe
Arthur Juttmann
Heinrich Klages
Georg Probst
Burkhard Löffler
Julius Lindner
Ernst Otto Letz
Hermann Müller
Stanislaus Makowiak
Vincenz Filser
Peter Tampke
Ernst Hildebrandt
Paul von Appen
Erich Kaeming
Kurt Kraft
Claus Riedel
Wladislaus Kossowski
Hermann Ilius
Friedrich Bänfer
Johann Schneider
Georg Turban
Johann Olfen
Heinrich Hübner
Karl Lange
Peter Klöckner
Gerhard Schmitz
Wilhelm Deutschmann
Jan Gdela
Richard Krummel
Friedrich Annus
Albert Kolbe
Arno Küppers
August Jungesblut
Heinrich Klüter
Johann Breisig
Heinrich Bröcker
Hans Trede
Karl Baier
Norbert Hegener

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