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Black crosses for German cemeteries
We have a discussion elsewhere as to why the German WW1 cemeteries in France have black crosses. The internet hints to the Treaty of Versailles, but actually the articles do not say anything about it. Are there any known annexes to the Treaty or does anybody know the reason German=black, victors= white crosses? Or is it a myth of our days?
In Erinnerung an Grossvater OffzStellv. Gottfried S., IR 49, 4.Kompanie, gefallen 1 May 1918 bei Merville/Bois de Nieppe. Ici est son histoire: http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/ [...] opic=40572
I think it is a myth of our days. Bear in mind that in the 1920ies (1922-1927) the French government, when relocating German graves and restyling existing German cemeteries, replaced the old wartime wooden crosses (often used in natural condition ("dark" ) or well ornamented gravestones with uniform very simple black wooden crosses. The layout was very simple, after all Germany lost the war,no need for huge monuments and lots of ornament. Thanks to the Volksbund, German cemeteries regained atmosphere when these were slowly restyled again (walls, monuments, trees, flowers...). Those wooden crosses lasted a long time, sometimes till the 1970ies.
Message édité par mudra le 21-01-2010 à 20:15:31