According to the certificate of a German soldier found in the German archives of the city of Ludwigsburg, the Soviet prisoner of war Iwan Scharburg was buried in the churchyard of Reninge (West Flanders province). The location of the grave is not known for certain, there is only information that I. Scharburg was shot in the back of the head by one of the guards after an unsuccessful attempt to escape in August 1944.

He was in a group of prisoners of war engaged in the construction of a secret facility of Wehrmacht, codenamed “V1”. 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, Kortemark and Proven.

We thank Luc Vanackere from the Free Technical School in Ypres for the information provided


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».