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The Appennines were stage of terrible days, aerial bombardments, ferocious fights, retaliation on civilians and massacres. The winners of the Second World War allowed Germany to have cemeteries built in the country where the war took place just in the ’50 and the numbers are impressive: in the cemetery rest more than 31.000 soldiers


The biggest German cemetery has a remarkable prestigious value and it is extremely rigid in its memory function and it is rhetoric-less.
It was designed with a coil form and so it seems screwing on toward the memorial monument, above the symbolic “flake”: the creator was the architect Dieter Oesterlen and it was realized between 1962 and 1967.
The collaboration with the landscape architects Walter Rossow and Ernst Kramer was fundamental for the cemetery. It is a meaningful example of the landscape architecture thanks to the way it is located into the territory and for the use of Pietra Serena, typical of the caves around Firenzuola.
The motion involves fields and reflecting pools, where the gravestones lean. They have names, birth date of the fallen soldiers carved, but, unfortunately, names were not always known and so the captionein unbekannter deutscher Soldat (an unknown German soldier). The rows of gravestones remind of the neat army rows; the whirl motion grows toward the honor place and the building that hides the mass grave.
The cemetery hosts every year thousands of visitors, soldiers relatives, grandchildren, besides comrades , advanced in age and getting fewer every year. Nowadays this terrible rather beautiful place is managed directly from Germany from Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge, an association that works on finding the fallen soldiers and takes care of all the German cemetery, both in Germany and abroad.
The cemetery is located on Via Provinciale di Bruscoli, Passo della Futa; It is open every day.

Summer 8am-5pm, winter  9am-4pm.
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Published: 22/5/2013

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