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

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Les Villettes

In the churchyard of Les Villettes of Lierneu commune in Liège province, located 150 km to the South-East of Brussels, a Soviet partisan Alexey Devyatkin (Alexis Dieviatkin), born in 1921, is buried.

On a concrete gravestone mounted on the grave, the following text is engraved in French: “In memory of Alexey Devyatkin, born in 1921, a Russian by nationality, brutally murdered by the Gestapo in Les Villette on August 13, 1944” (“A la mémoire de Alexis Deviatkin né en 1921, de nationalité russe, sauvagement tué par la Gestapo à Villette le 13 août 1944”.)

The gravestone is crowned by a concrete Orthodox cross.

The burial site was discovered in April 2014.


The epitaph is written in English


 

L’Ambassade remercie les habitants du village Les Villettes et les autorités de la commune de Lierneu pour l’entretien de la tombe pendant toutes ces années.

 

Annual memorial ceremonies

2018

2017



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».