German War Graves in Spas-Demensk, Kaluga Region, Russia

January 14th, 2009

Eduard Fischer as a toddlerEduard Fischer grave siteEduard Fischer in Officer Candidate School
Welcome to Spas-Demensk. This site is dedicated to the memory of Eduard Fischer, born in Korbach, Germany, 17/9/1922, laid to rest, Spas-Demensk, 29/5/1942. Age 19.

A tribute to Eduard Fischer and a forgotten cemetery

January 14th, 2009

131. Infanterie-Division Insignia 

Strength and Honor

Gedanken eines Deutschen Soldaten an der Ostfront.

A tribute to Eduard Fischer and a forgotten cemetery.

It is said that some lifes are linked across times. 

Jeremiah 29:13-14

New International Version (NIV)

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.[a] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

My interest and desire to put this project together was driven by the passion to preserve and honor the memory of a beloved uncle I never knew. His name is Eduard Fischer, an infantry officer from Korbach, Germany who died at the young age of 19 on 29/05/1942. He is and has been missed terribly since that dark day.

It is my belief that the character of a nation can be measured by the way that nation treats its veterans. We cannot and will not ignore the need nor the debt of honor and respect due to our veterans. “Life is understood looking backwards but it must be lived forwards”. Author Soren Kierkegaard. 

Furthermore, it has become my goal to put forth as much information as conceivably possible on any and all matters pertaining to WWII and modern day Spas-Demensk. Most of the interest on this topic will originate from Germany as people continue to seek out information on this subject matter.

More importantly, there are those family members with a very personal interest in this town that have a loved one buried in the German military cemetery there. They have nowhere to go to bring closure to their ongoing search for answers. I have conducted years of research to find information and photos of the cemetery and have fallen short in my quest. I therefore, decided to utilize the information I had, specifically rare photos of the cemetery, to build a site to share with those that would benefit the most and share in my passion to bring closure to their undoubtedly empty search.

Part of my research on this topic was to take a pulse so to speak on putting this topic in various forums, by posting the subject matter and seeing the response. The end result was to be expected in that no one had answers for the many people looking for information on this particular cemetery. More than some written information, that didn’t exist, was the desire to look at something in the form of a picture. Once I obtained these photos, the project began and simply expanded from there.

Though there are few photos of the cemetery in my photo gallery, the ones I have submitted are extremely rare and they set the stage beyond what is available anywhere to date on the worldwide web. I must add that the German War Graves Commission has no information on this cemetery though they are aware of its existence. The actual location of the former Wehrmacht cemetery in proximity to the town, be it in the town or on the outskirts of the town, remains a mystery.

The Volksbund, aka the “German War Graves Commission” does in fact have plans of exhuming the remains of these fallen soldiers for eventual relocation to a newer, larger cemetery to be built in the region. The timeframe and location for this new cemetery remains undetermined. Lastly, the site “Weltkriegsopfer,” truly one of the worlds most authoritative and extensive sites of it’s kind, with over 18,000 cemeteries in its database, to include names of those laid to rest in each location, has no listing of the German military cemetery in Spas-Demensk. This noteworthy fact was another motivation for pursuing this project of mine. In closing, let this site have whatever impact it may on those that visit. Should it be an emotional experience accompanied by satisfaction, then I am pleased and my work is complete. Those that appreciate this will understand. Many of these soldiers were honorable men that made the ultimate sacrifice. They, as well as their former enemies are not to be forgotten. We must remember them and honor them as we move forward.

In loving memory,

Your family.

06/28/2008

January 14th, 2009

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