Nidrum - Tombs of prisoners of war and partisans dead in Belgium during World War II
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The burial is located on the territory of a small municipal cemetery in the village of Nidrum (17 km to the North-East of Malmedy, Liège province). Presumably, Soviet prisoners of war were buried here in 1942–1944.
The site has 28 white grave steles, but the local authorities have no data on the fallen prisoners of war and their exact number.
In the upper part of each of the grave steles there is a red metal circle, with a yellow star depicted inside. In the center of each grave stele there is an inscription in Russian: “UNKNOWN SOVIET PRISONER OF WAR 1941–1945”.
In 1996, in the center of the site, a monument – sculptural composition of bronze on a granite pedestal – was erected (by sculptor A. Burganov). At the top of the pedestal there are inscriptions in German, French and Russian: “TO SOVIET SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN THE AREA OF BUCHENBACH IN 1941–1944”.
On the sides of the monument there are two flagpoles, on which the national flags of Russia and Belgium are raised on May 8 and 9.
Annual memorial ceremonies
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the note «War Graves».