The war cemetery (Kriegsgräberstätte) is located in Ysselsteyn, in the Province of Limburg close to the German border. The cemetery is the only German war cemetery in the Netherlands. The cemetery was built in 1947 by order of the Dutch government not far from the city of Venray and covers an area of approximately 28 hectares. 87 war dead from the First World War and almost 32,000 war dead from the Second World War found their final resting place here.
The vast majority of the war dead are German soldiers who were doing their military service during the war. But also SS members and war criminals, Dutch collaborators, Wehrmacht volunteers from other countries and a few civilians, including women and children, were buried in Ysselsteyn.
A cross was placed for every dead person. The data (name, burial location, date of birth and death, rank - if known) are applied in white on the natural stone. The youth of the JOC helps with the maintenance of the graves by means of copying the data with white markers or treating the crosses with algae agent. There are about 5,000 unknown dead buried there. These are buried with crosses that read "Ein Deutscher Soldat". This designation will disappear, because many of the dead were not Germans - there are 40 nationalities - or no soldiers in the sense of the law of war.
The visitor center, completed in 2021, is the central point of contact for all visitors to the war cemetery. In addition to practical information about visiting the cemetery itself, you can also ask all kinds of questions about the war dead that are buried here.
The new multimedia exhibition tells the history of the cemetery and also offers the opportunity to discover the stories behind the crosses for yourself. On the basis of various data visualisations, the visitor gets an impressive view of the special features of this cemetery and thus a unique insight into the German side of the Second World War in the Netherlands. In addition, our extensive database can be used to search for fallen soldiers and their life stories using various filters. Many accessible photos, documents and other personal items are linked to these life stories.
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