Meyerhöfen

Monument at the cemetery in Meyerhöfen
Monument at the cemetery in Meyerhöfen

HERE REST 482 WOMEN,

MEN AND CHILDREN, VICTIMS OF WAR AND

DESPOTISM, FROM

THE SOVIET UNION,

POLAND AND OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.

SOME OF THEM DIED AS

A RESULT OF INHUMANE CONDITIONS

OF FORCED LABOR.

12 OF THEM ARE VICTIMS

OF WORLD WAR I

 

THE NAMES OF PEOPLE

BURIED HERE ARE KNOWN.

FURTHER INFORMATION

CAN BE OBTAINED FROM

BOHMTE MUNICIPALITY AUTHORITIES

[translated from Polish]

 

Originally, the cemetery contained only a dozen or so graves of forced laborers and Russian prisoners of war who died between 1942 and 1945. In the post-war period, war graves were moved to this area from the regions of Hanover, Osnabrück and Emsland (Patensen, Bohmte, Schwege, Schwegermoor, and Welplage). As a result, individual graves took the shape of numbers carved on small stone cubes, and over time, they became overgrown with plants that are well tended, yet they cover the data.

The cemetery consists of 17 rows of nameless graves located on both sides of the main alley, two tombstones with Russian names and a dozen or so low stone crosses spread over the entire cemetery area. Row numbers and graves are marked with small stone cubes. When documentation works started, the numbers carved on them were hardly legible because of the moss that covered them, but later they were cleaned.

From the main entrance, there is an alley that runs along the entire cemetery to a monument consisting of two concrete pillars, with two large metal plaques with the names of 200 people, including 60 Polish-sounding ones.

16 names of the soldiers of the 1st Polish Armoured Division are carved on the plaques, however, this number is not consistent with the archival materials, which inform us about 18 soldiers buried at the cemetery in Meyerhöfen. The data in the left column comes from archival materials, in the right column - from the monument (original spelling preserved):

 

BŁASZCZYK ERNEST a.k.a. "Moch" Rifleman   E. MOCH

8th Rifle Battalion

* 14.3.1919 Hajduki Wielkie / Silesia

† 13.4.1945 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

R-C. Serv. Number 1919/408/I-335578

 

BOBEL JAN Lance Corporal Rifles   J.BOBEL

3rd Rifle Brigade, Supplies Company

* 14.3.1916 Kołaki district Bielsk Podlaski

† 21.4.1945 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

R-C. Serv. Number 1916/8/I-1558

 

BRZOZOWSKI STANISŁAW Cpl.   MICHAEL (BSCHESOWSKI) BRZOZOWSKI

1st Anti-Tank

* 24.5.1917 Siedlisko district Kostopol

† 20.4.1945 Aschendorf

R-C. Serv. Number 1917/34/I-2883

 

CIESIELSKI BRONISŁAW a.k.a. "Czerski" Rifleman   B. CZERSKI

1st Anti-Tank

* 23.2.1920 Białobłoty district Grudziądz

† 20.4.1945 in Aschendorf

R-C. Serv. Number 1920/38/I-33846

 

GADZIKIEWICZ WITOLD Second-Lieutenant   WITOLD GADZIKIEWICZ

8th Rifle Battalion

* 10.6.1916 Petersburg

† 30.6.1945 in Haren near Meppen. PAF/ 1917

 

GÓRKA JAN Cpl.   J. GORKA

1st Anti-Tank

* 6.7.1911 Łaskarzew district Garwolin

† 3.5.1945 in Halsbeck

R-C. Serv. Number 1911/25/I-3349

 

HOŁOWICZ WŁADYSŁAW Cpl.   W. HOLOWICZ

1st Anti-Tank

* 24.10.1907 Ostrów district Jarosław

† 21.4.1945 in Vollen near Papenburg

R-C. Serv. Number 1907/6/I-21958

 

KANDORA ENGELBERD Rifleman   none

Staff Squadron

* 6.11.1907 Bielszowice district Katowice

† 30.8.1946 near Hannover.

Probably buried in Hannover or in Haren.

R-C. Serv. Number 1907/402/I-101670

 

KARPIŃSKI ZYGMUNT Rifleman   Z. KARPINEWSKI

Communication Battalion

* 27.3.1905 Warsaw

† 18.5.1945 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

R-C. Serv. Number 1905/219/I-60496

 

KOS ZYGMUNT Rifleman   ZYGMUNT KOS

Highland Battalion

* 17.8.1908 Dragonówka district Tarnopol

† 12.7.1945 in Haren

R-C. Serv. Number 1908/52/I-21421

 

KOTAS JAN Lance Corporal Rifles   TAH. KATAS

1st Anti-Tank

*1.9.1922

† 21. 4.1945 Ihren

R-C. Serv. Number 1922/47/I-8508

 

KOZIEL APOLONIUSZ Sgt.   A. KASZIET

1st Anti-Tank

* 7.7.1918 Mierzanicice district Zawiercie

† 20.4.1945 Aschendorf

R-C. Serv. Number 1918/53/I-3335

 

LEWANDOWSKI FRANCISZEK a.k.a. "Wróbel"   E. WROBEL

Lance Corporal Rifles

* 29.11.?  Dubielno district Chełno

† 18.4.1945 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

R-C. Serv. Number 11922/51/I-53315

 

OLEJNIK JAN Lance Corporal Dragoon   J. OLEJNIK

10th Dragoon Regiment

* 13.5.1919 New York

† 18.4.1945 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

R-C. Serv. Number 1919/15/I-24844

 

SIEMILAK WALENTY Rifleman 2nd Anti-Tank   none

* 19.01.1911 Wagłczew district Sieradz

† 03.05.1945 in 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

R-C. Serv. Number 1911/108/I-31074

 

STOLP BRUNON Cpl.   R. STOLPE

Highland Rifle Battalion

*31.5.1913 Starogard

† 18.4.1945 Neu Wolde

R-C. Serv. Number 1913/409/I-89863

 

STRZYGŁOWSKI STANISŁAW Lance Corporal Rifles   S. SZCZYGLOWSKI

Highland Rifle Battalion

* 1.12.1915 Dobrud district Radom

† 28.4.1945 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

R-C. Serv. Number 1915/154/I-23796

 

ZADOROŻNY MICHAŁ Lance Cpl Uhlans   M. ZADOROZNY

24th Uhlan Regiment

* 11.11.1919 Lviv

† 22.04.1945 Kollighorst 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

R-C. Serv. Number 1919/45/26051

Mediathek
  • Plaques with approximately 200 names of war victims

    Plaques with approximately 200 names of war victims