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

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Liège, Citadelle

In the citadel of Liège there is a military memorial “The wall of the executed” with the remains of prisoners of war of different nationalities executed by the German occupiers in 1942–1944. During World War II, the citadel was a prison for the captured. In total, 415 people were shot here during the war, including 14 Soviet prisoners of war.

Each grave has a white concrete cross with a bronze plate in French. Ten of them have an inscription “Russian prisoner of war, shot by the Germans”, followed by the date of execution. Four of them read “Unknown prisoner of war, shot by the Germans.” Employees of the NGO “Russian house in Liège” found that these unknown were also Soviet citizens. 

All the graves are unmarked. Local authorities do not have more accurate data.

In addition, in the memorial part of the complex there are two crosses in memory of commanders of Soviet partisan units in Belgium, Evgeniy Dotsenko and Anatoliy Shestopalov, who died in battles.

A native of Dnepropetrovsk captain A. Shestopalov was a commander of the partisan group “Zoro”. In June 1944, his group was surrounded in the city of Lamin, they shot back and blew themselves up with the last grenade.

A native of Stalingrad major of the Soviet army, the commissioner of the 9th regiment of the 89th infantry division Evgeniy Iosifovich Dotsenko was captured at the beginning of the war, was held in Mulheim camp, from which he fled in 1942 to Belgium, where he joined the Belgian national front, formed and headed a company of Soviet prisoners, killed in action on April 1, 1944. Major Dotsenko was buried in the village of Comblain-au-Pont.

 

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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».