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Remembering the Victims of the Second World War

Szöveg: Péter Snoj |  2014. augusztus 14. 9:00

On Tuesday, August 12 the two-week war grave care youth camp ended with a commemoration held in conjunction with a wreath-laying ceremony in the German–Hungarian military cemetery of Budaörs. The event was attended by those Hungarian, German and Polish students who restored and washed down the gravestones of war heroes in the cemetery during the time of the camp.

During the ceremonial program arranged by the students, it was said that “Today we commemorate all heroes and mourn for the victims, soldiers and civilians of the war." The program included several well-known musical pieces, so among others, the song “Imagine" by John Lennon and another one, “Hero of War" by the American band Rise Against were played on guitar and accordion.


Although the latter song is about the hell of the Iraq war, it conveyed an eternal message among the gravestones of dead war heroes of World War II, since its refrain (“I’ll carry this flag to the grave if I must / ’Cause it’s the flag that I love and a flag that I trust") is a perfect reflection of the soldiers’ dedication and sacrifice.

The campers’ ceremony was closed with the melody “Amazing Grace", performed by a student playing a bagpipe, after which the participants placed the wreaths and flowers of remembrance in the spirit of peace and reconciliation.


Organized by the German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge), the camp started on August 5 and ended on the 12th. The organizers told us that during these close to two weeks, the young participants had learnt to value peace.

Altogether 54,000 German troops fell in the area of Hungary in the Second World War. 14,000 of them were buried in the German–Hungarian military cemetery of Budaörs, beside the mortal remains of 567 Hungarian soldiers.


Photo: Gábor Galovtsik