WW2 Military cemeteries in Bratislava -
Ružinov and Slavín

 

In these autumn days, when we commemorate our deceased friends and relatives, a few members of our club (Marder, Heller and Bobo) have decided to visit also two WW2 military cemeteries and symbolically show respect to the soldiers who fought have fallen on both sides of this conflict by lighting candles on their graves.

Ružinov
Our first visit was at the German military cemetery in Bratislava – Ružinov. Here, aside of the main cemetery, rest in piece 960 German soldiers, who have fallen in Bratislava in 1945. The cemetery was sanctified on June 17, 2000 and is kept tidy and clean. It is rather in the shadow of the two better known German military cemeteries in Važec and Hunkovce. It is small, but since it is situated in the capital city, it deserves more attention, since it was founded due to protocol reasons. It was the request of the German – since in every capital, there is a military cemetery.

Slavín
The cemetery of fallen soviet soldiers on the hill Slavín is certainly better known to everybody. Here lie soviet soldiers, who have left their lives liberating Bratislava during WW2. The well known memorial was uncovered in 1960 at the 15th anniversary of the liberation of Bratislava by the Red Army. Here, on the cemetery situated around the monument are buried 6845 soldiers. Exact numbers of visitors are not available, but Slavín is a point of interest for a lot of local people, but also for tourists from all over Slovakia and abroad. Many of them still keep looking for their relatives even years after the war.

Conclusion
It makes me quite happy that finally it is possible in Slovakia (and Bratislava) to commemorate and give respect to fallen soldiers from both sides without any political prejudice, ideology or mutual incrimination of sympathizing with one party or the other. It is good if we can think of simple Wehrmacht and Red Army soldiers, who had to die, often against their will, in the name of an ideology, in the name of a war conflict, which only brought suffering to nations and which took sons from their mothers, husbands from wives and children from their fathers

And here a few pictures from our visit to the both cemeteries





























Author: Panzer Marder

 

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