21.04.1918 - 989 well-known German war dead
Friedrich Zaddach
Erwin Beul
Karl Komossa
Richard Klose
Otto Witkowski
Wilhelm Mertiny
Wilhelm Falkenberg
August Jasper
Karl Salzeder
Georg Butterfass
Rudolf Miedlig
Kaspar Schlömer
Wilh. Friedrich Weichmann
Arnhold Reichart
Josef Heidhus
Karl Fleischmann
Willy Grunewald
Hermann Queisser
Heinrich Dersch
Roman Mierzwa
Arthur Schmidt
Otto Breitenbach
Josef Erkens
Andreas Hardacz
August Kätner
Ernst Breckmann
Christian Stauch
Hans Schranz
Stanislaus Tadrowski
Karl Weber
Wilhelm de Bück
Konstantin Rebentisch
Theodor Schemme
Udo Imhoff
Walter Hermann
Heinrich Reinshagen
Julius Schunder
Albert Köstner
Richard Wiedemann
Paul Thieme
Max Bucholz
Franz Heinrich Kreutzkamp
Karl Borninck
Walter Wittstock
Ernst Fischer
Leo Braunstein
Max Goebel
Hubert Bauss
Wilhelm Müller
Johann Wolfsberger
Otto Haagen
Max Manthey
Karl Ruffing
Michael Hinterholzer
Paul Wrobel
August Bensy
Erich Heumann
Christian Schweiker
H. Otto Niedrig
Paul Mühle
Albert Zöllner
Adolf Gerke
Eligio Dante Di Domenico Venturini
Robert Peukert
Hermann Schmidt
August Brunahl
Bruno Martiny
Karl Schüler
Alexander Walther
Albert Paasche
Josef Frick
Oskar Dannenberg
Friedrich Gruber
Leonhard Hermanns
Josef Hohn
Karl Friedrich Götschmann
Josef Justen
Leo Vojckak
Alfons Teitz
Gustav Lindner
Karl Fünck
Bruno Feldberg
Heinrich Hemp
Hans Bauer
Winand Schmitz
Heinrich Lepper
Max Berger
Kurt Brzoza
Kasimir Biskup
Emil Daub
Paul Oestreich
Theodor Baum
Johann Imken
Max Langbein
Johann Biener
Iwan Melnezew
Karl Ziebart
Erich Moeck
Paul Schierz
Fritz Gmeiner

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