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Cemetery of Honor

of Soviet war victims

The first Soviet war victims at Stalag 326 were buried at the municipal Catholic St. Achatius Cemetery (Stukenbrock-Senne). Only several weeks afterwards, the camp cemetery was constructed on the camp site in the vicinity (today Cemetery of Honor of Soviet war victims).

During the time of 1941 until the liberation of the war prisoners (2 April 1945) a total of 36 mass grave rows were built. Each row is 110 meters long.

After the liberation a small group of survivors set up an obelisk. In addition, they created and installed 36 commemorative stones with inscriptions. One commemorative stone has been placed at the beginning of each mass grave row.

The fence around the cemetery was also built by the liberated war prisoners. The former rails of the light railway leading from the Hövelhofer train station into the camp were used as metal carriers for the former wood paneling.

At the beginning of the 1960s, the Cemetery of Honor was redesigned as park-like cemetery complex receving the current appearance.

The obelisk, the 36 commemorative stones and the fence are cleaned and restored at regular intervals.

Publication

The publication “Der Ehrenfriedhof sowjetischer Kriegstoter in Stukenbrock-Senne” (the Cemetery of Honor of Soviet war victims in Stukenbrock-Senne) by Oliver Nickel includes further information. Sold out at the moment, unfortunately. Next year a revised new edition is to be published.

Please give us notice in case you are interested. We will contact you as soon as the new edition will be available.
Via email to: info@stalag326.de

36 Commemorative Stones

Mass Grave Rows

1. row
2. row
3. row
4. row
5. row
Foreign grounds shall be soft as feathers to our brothers.

Foreign grounds shall be soft as feathers to our brothers.

Eternal glory for the brothers tortured in fascist captivity.

Eternal glory for the brothers tortured in fascist captivity.

So many proud hearts rest here.

So many proud hearts rest here.

So many proud hearts rest here.

So many proud hearts rest here.

So many proud hearts rest here.

So many proud hearts rest here.

6. row
7. row
8. row
9. row
10. row
The home country never forgets its sons.

The home country never forgets its sons.

The home country never forgets its sons.

The home country never forgets its sons.

The home country never forgets its sons.

The home country never forgets its sons.

We swear we will bring home the eternal memory of your torments.

We swear an oath that we will bring home the eternal memory of your torments.

We swear to work honestly and heroically for our country.

We swear to work honestly and heroically for our country.

11. row
12. row
13. row
14. row
15. row
At the tomb of our brothers we swear to our martyrs that we will strengthen the greatness of the fatherland and the glory of the people.

At the tomb of our brothers we swear to our martyrs that we will strenghten the greatness of the fatherland and the glory of the people.

Terror and hunger strengthened bitter hatred in your hearts against fascism.

Terror and hunger increased bitter hatred in your hearts against fascism.

Terror and hunger strengthened bitter hatred in your hearts against fascism.

Terror and hunger increased bitter hatred in your hearts against fascism.

Terror and hunger strengthened bitter hatred in your hearts against fascism.

Terror and hunger increased bitter hatred in your hearts against fascism.

You died with truly loved words – home country. Stalin.

You died with truly loved words – home country. Stalin.

16. row
17. row
18. row
19. row
20. row
You died with truly loved words – home country. Stalin.

You died with truly loved words – home country. Stalin.

May our people rest in eternal peace! For centuries and beyond, their burial mounds will be reminiscent of the dark days of Hitler's rule.

May our people rest in eternal peace! For centuries and beyond, their burial mounds will be reminiscent of the dark days of Hitler’s rule.

May our people rest in eternal peace! For centuries and beyond, their burial mounds will be reminiscent of the dark days of Hitler's rule.

May our people rest in eternal peace! For centuries and beyond, their burial mounds will be reminiscent of the dark days of Hitler’s rule.

May our people rest in eternal peace! For centuries and beyond, their burial mounds will be reminiscent of the dark days of Hitler's rule.

May our people rest in eternal peace! For centuries and beyond, their burial mounds will be reminiscent of the dark days of Hitler’s rule.

You died with truly loved words – home country. Stalin.

You died with truly loved words – home country. Stalin.

21. row
22. row
23. row
24. row
25. row
You were tormented with hunger, cold and beating. You were buried but not enslaved.

You were tormented with hunger, cold and beating. You have been buried but not enslaved.

You were tormented with hunger, cold and beating. You were buried but not enslaved.

You were tormented with hunger, cold and beating. You have been buried but not enslaved.

You were tormented with hunger, cold and beating. You were buried but not enslaved.

You were tormented with hunger, cold and beating. You have been buried but not enslaved.

Rest in peace, comrades.

Rest in peace, comrades.

Rest in peace, comrades.

Rest in peace, comrades.

26. row
27. row
28. row
29. row
30. row
Rest in peace, comrades.

Rest in peace, comrades.

You died truly believing in the victory of your country.

You died believing in the victory of your country.

You died truly believing in the victory of your country.

You died believing in the victory of your country.

You died truly believing in the victory of your country.

You died believing in the victory of your country.

Eternal rest to all Soviet soldiers and officers – to the victims of fascist rule.

Eternal rest to all Soviet soldiers and officers – to the victims of fascist rule.

31. row
32. row
33. row
34. row
35. row
Eternal rest to all Soviet soldiers and officers – to the victims of fascist rule.

Eternal rest to all Soviet soldiers and officers – to the victims of fascist rule.

Eternal rest to all Soviet soldiers and officers – to the victims of fascist rule.

Eternal rest to all Soviet soldiers and officers – to the victims of fascist rule.

The sun of victory has risen. The damned regime is destroyed. Comrades, rest in eternal peace. Heroes of eternal glory.

The sun of victory has risen. The damned regime has been destroyed. Comrades, rest in eternal peace. Heroes of eternal glory.

Terror has not extinguished the love for your country. He has inflamed your heart with violent hatred agains the fascist criminals.

Terror has not extinguished the love for your country. He has inflamed your heart with violent hatred against the fascist criminals.

You have been tortured with hunger and hard work. When dying, Stalin was your hope.

You have been tortured with hunger and hard work. When dying, Stalin had been your hope.

36. row
Far away from the Soviet home, you have proudly chosen cold grounds instead of living as a slave.

Far away from the Soviet home, you have proudly chosen cold grounds instead of living as a slave.

May 2015

Memorial Celebration of 70 years End of the War

In Commemoration

Steles with Names of the Victims

Cemetery of Honor

Impressions

Cemetery of Honor

Information | Contact | Arrival

Search for Missing Relatives

We will be pleased to support you searching for your relatives lost in war.

Please contact our team by email: search@stalag326.de

Address of Cemetery of Honor

Senner Straße 28
33758 Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock

The Cemetery of Honor of Soviet war victims is situated in Stukenbrock-Senne, part of the village of Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock

Arrival by Public Transport

When exitingtrain station Hövelhof please take the bus 426.
From train station Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock take the bus 84.1
As a change in departure times is possible, search www.bahn.de for departure and arrival times.

Bus stop Forellkrug
This stop is approx. 500 metres away from the Cemetery of Honor of Soviet war victims.
It requires a 10 minute walk on foot. The cemetery is accessible at any time of the day.