Ypres Salient Car Route – German Military Cemetery Langemark – Part 1

When we started with this car route, The Viking asked me if I knew about any German war cemeteries in this region. And I have to admit it: I had no idea at all…

Maybe it’s because we remember all these people who fought against the Germans in World War I (and later in World War II).  Maybe it’s because for a long time my family regarded the Germans as the “baddies”, the nasty ones who had put one family member in a concentration camp and who had demolished the windmill of another. And I can imagine that other Belgian and European families had the same feelings.

I will go even further and admit that for a long time I didn’t feel any desire to travel to and in Germany. Gradually I changed… I visited Aachen. And Köln. And I visited them again. And then The Viking came into my life and changed my view about Germany forever. He taught me to look beyond the war crimes and to admire the natural and cultural beauty of this country.

Besides, after having traveled around in the region of Ypres and having watched numerous movies and documentaries about the Great War, I have come to the conclusion that these German soldiers were as much victims as all the others from all over the world.

So yes, there is a German Military Cemetery. And it’s situated in the Klerkenstraat in Langemark.

I was enormously touched when I visited this place; I had tears in my eyes from the moment I entered the cemetery until the moment I left it. I had expected to see a lot of German tourists here, but instead I saw a lot of people from the UK. They didn’t come here with hate; they came here to pay their respects to all of these young people who had lost their lives in that terrible war.

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  • Jae December 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Something I love about your photos and the places you travel is the way it sparks my imagination. I feel like someday when I need to describe a scene I’ll be able to in more beauty and depth because of your photos. And I feel like I’m able to see sights I couldn’t otherwise. Thanks for sharing your adventures and photos with us. 😀

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    • thesweetkitten December 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you so much! That is a really beautiful compliment.

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  • unclerave December 7, 2012 at 1:49 am

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