German Military Cemetery

Sandweiler, Luxembourg

In Sandweiler are buried 10,913 German soldiers who died in the fierce battles of the winter of 1944 and in the spring of 1945 in the Luxembourg-Belgian and the Luxembourg-German border regions. The cemetery was the first after the Second World War that the Volksbund Deutsche Gräberfürsorge (National Association for Tending German War Graves) was able to set up outside of Germany.

References:

Comments

Your name



Rating

4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

YY YY (3 years ago)
This place feels much darker compared to the American War Cemetery and Memorial nearby. It is a poignant reminder of how evil-doers might end up - dead and buried far from home, with a headstone that simply reads "Here lies a German soldier".
Richard (4 years ago)
This cemetery is just down the road from the American military cemetery in Luxemburg, the German one offers the perspective of the other side of the war. Very different from the American one, but still an incredibly powerful place.
Allen Barrett (4 years ago)
In many ways I found this more moving than the nearby American cemetery. It was still stark, still rows of markers, still a place for somber reflection. What it did not have was the bravado of the american cemetery, which,I suppose, goes with being on the wrong side.
Allen Barrett (4 years ago)
In many ways I found this more moving than the nearby American cemetery. It was still stark, still rows of markers, still a place for somber reflection. What it did not have was the bravado of the american cemetery, which,I suppose, goes with being on the wrong side.
Carlos Villalobos (5 years ago)
German war cemetery. Minutes away from the American war cemetery. Greaves are engraved with 4 individuals. Recommend seeing both cemeteries. Eye opening difference.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Château de Foix

The Château de Foix dominates the town of Foix. An important tourist site, it is known as a centre of the Cathars. Built on an older 7th-century fortification, the castle is known from 987. In 1002, it was mentioned in the will of Roger I, Count of Carcassonne, who bequeathed the fortress to his youngest child, Bernard. In effect, the family ruling over the region were installed here which allowed them to control access to the upper Ariège valley and to keep surveillance from this strategic point over the lower land, protected behind impregnable walls.

In 1034, the castle became capital of the County of Foix and played a decisive role in medieval military history. During the two following centuries, the castle was home to Counts with shining personalities who became the soul of the Occitan resistance during the crusade against the Albigensians. The county became a privileged refuge for persecuted Cathars.

The castle, often besieged (notably by Simon de Montfort in 1211 and 1212), resisted assault and was only taken once, in 1486, thanks to treachery during the war between two branches of the Foix family.

From the 14th century, the Counts of Foix spent less and less time in the uncomfortable castle, preferring the Governors' Palace. From 1479, the Counts of Foix became Kings of Navarre and the last of them, made Henri IV of France, annexed his Pyrrenean lands to France.

As seat of the Governor of the Foix region from the 15th century, the castle continued to ensure the defence of the area, notably during the Wars of Religion. Alone of all the castles in the region, it was exempted from the destruction orders of Richelieu (1632-1638).

Until the Revolution, the fortress remained a garrison. Its life was brightened with grand receptions for its governors, including the Count of Tréville, captain of musketeers under Louis XIII and Marshal Philippe Henri de Ségur, one of Louis XVI's ministers. The Round Tower, built in the 15th century, is the most recent, the two square towers having been built before the 11th century. They served as a political and civil prison for four centuries until 1862.

Since 1930, the castle has housed the collections of the Ariège départemental museum. Sections on prehistory, Gallo-Roman and mediaeval archaeology tell the history of Ariège from ancient times. Currently, the museum is rearranging exhibits to concentrate on the history of the castle site so as to recreate the life of Foix at the time of the Counts.