War victims at Bispebjerg Cemetery, Copenhagen
In the corner of Bispebjerg cemetery in Copenhagen, you can find different categories of war victims. At one spot lies the remains of German fugitives and executed German soldiers who deserted the war while in Denmark.
Then you have several Danish resistance fighters slain by the occupiers or dead in the concentration camps. At their side are Danish Police officers who were collected on a certain day and sent to concentration camps and, lastly, military people who also died defending our country during the war.
The German casualties
The Danish casualties with Royal Airforce Coulored flowers
The Commonwealth Graves
On a place for themselves are commonwealth graves. Western Allied airmen found their graves in Denmark fighting for our liberty.
Young people are walking by as most things are not allowed or open nowadays. I sincerely hope they pay attention to the graves of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.
From Wikipedia on the graves from WWII
In the southwestern corner of the cemetery is a section dedicated to Danish soldiers, police officers and resistance fighters who died in World War II. The complex was designed by city architect Poul Holsøe and features a monument created by the sculptor Povl Søndergaard. Another monument commemorates the resistance fighters who died at two incidents on 29 August 1943 and 19 September 1944. It was designed by Povl Søndergaard in 1947.
The area also features a group of graves of British soldiers with traditional British Commonwealth war grave headstones and a Cross of Sacrifice. Many of the interred were crew members of British aircraft that were shot down over Zealand. The British casualties were buried at the site upon orders from the German occupying forces but most of them were transferred to Vestre Cemetery in March 1944.
Section 10 also features 16 graves of Soviet soldiers who died in Denmark during and immediately after the war. A monument designed by the Russian artist Anatolij Dioma was installed in 1990.
Section 8 contains 594 German refugees and 370 German soldiers from March 1944.
I wish we have had some better weather to show you the day we visited the place where also many of my family members are buried.
Categories: Copenhagen, Historical issues, Memorials
Thanks for sharing these pictures – I’m always moved when walking through the war graveyards. I absolutely love the statue of the girl next to the grave.
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Thank you so much for your kind comment. I agree, and the statue represents a time where art was made to be beautiful. Tell me if you ever come to Copenhagen and I will show you different places of interest
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