Tombs of prisoners of war and partisans dead in Belgium during the Second World War

Terug

Kortemark

Three Soviet prisoners of war, who died in July-August 1944 during the construction of a secret facility of Wehrmacht, codenamed “V1”, were buried at the municipal cemetery of Kortemark (West Flanders province).

In total, at least six Soviet citizens died in this area during the period from July to September 1944. They mere members of the construction crew transferred to Belgium and created by the SS from among the prisoners of Sylt concentration camp, which was located on the Alderney Island occupied by German troops. Graves of other members of the crew are located in the settlements of Westvleteren, Proven and Reninge.

The burial is located in the center of the cemetery. This is, most likely, a mass grave, but with individual concrete crosses, each of which has a name and date of death in Flemish. In total, the ashes of seven prisoners of war rest at the site, but only three were citizens of the USSR, the rest – from Poland and the Czech Republic.

It is possible that some of the buried are listed in archival documents as those who died in the Buchenwald camp.

 

The grave was discovered in June 2010 with the assistance of Luc Vanackere from the Free Technical School in Ypres

(Special thanks to Luc Vanacker, Free Technical School of Ieper)

List of the buried

First and last name

Date of birth

Date of death

Nationality

Cause of death

Wladislaw Lubecki

1896

28.07.1944

Poland

gunshot wound

Sergey Masliy
Sergej Maslij

 

03.08.1944

USSR (Ukrainian)

tuberculosis

Sergey Bondar
Sergej Bondar

 

07.08.1944

USSR (Ukrainian)

tuberculosis

Grigoriy Alesenko
(or Aleshenko, Aleshchenko)
Grigorij Alessenko

 

14.08.1944

USSR (Belorussian)

tuberculosis

Rudi Busch

1898

01.09.1944

Germany

shot while trying to escape

Josef Lammel

1900

01.09.1944

Sudeten German

shot while trying to escape

Stanislas Mroz

 

01.09.1944

Poland

shot after trying to escape

 

Annual memorial ceremonies

2018

 

2017

2014

2013

2012



Dear visitors,

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that spelling of the names, surnames and places of birth of Soviet citizens buried in Belgium may be distorted due to the fact that they are quite often written only in Flemish and French in registration books and on monuments.

We thank the Brussels-Belgian Archdiocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, the organizations of Russian compatriots and Russian foreign institutions accredited in Belgium for providing photos and their efforts to preserve the memory of the heroism of the Soviet soldiers who fell in the Great Patriotic War.

The Embassy will be grateful for providing any information and photos of Soviet military graves of the Second World War in Belgium and the ceremonies held on them. Please send material to the email address of the Embassy amrusbel@skynet.be with the note «War Graves».