Latvian War Cemetery Lestene

In 2003, this war cemetery contained the remains of 7360 Latvian Waffen-SS soldiers who fell between 1944 and 1945 in Latvia. This number has grown in the past years. The names of 11,000 fallen Latvian SS soldiers are written on a granite wall. This number of names are expected to reach the 20,000.

236 Latvian soldiers will be reburied here in 2016 as a result of a collaboration between Latvia and Russia.

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  • Text: Kaj Metz
  • Photos: J. Sedols (1), Dāvis Kļaviņ (2) & Wikimedia Commons (3)

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