Czech Republic to lay Wehrmacht soldiers to rest

27th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

Thousands of German soldiers who died in World War II are to be given a dedicated cemetery in the Czech Republic

Prague -- The remains of 4,000 German soldiers killed in then Czechoslovakia during World War II are to find their final resting place at a new cemetery in Cheb in the Czech Republic, Czech press reports said Tuesday.

The western Czech town and the German Association for Care of Wartime Graves signed an agreement Monday on founding the cemetery for burial of remains exhumed in recent years from various war-era graves across the country.

The remains, exhumed by the association, are tentatively being stored at the Brdy military zone and should be placed in the new cemetery by years-end, reports said.

Up to 7,000 Wehrmacht soldiers could be buried at the new site by 2010, CTK news agency reported citing a Cheb official.

Under the agreement, the association is to cover the construction costs and contribute 24.6 million koruny (978,987 euros) for the renovation of Cheb's municipal cemetery.

Some 178,000 German soldiers are estimated to have died on Czechoslovakian soil during World War II. DPA

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