Complex of war cemeteries of German soldiers from World War I and II, Lipińskie
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Complex of war cemeteries of German soldiers from World War I and II

Lipińskie

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A site that commemorates important historical events (historical values), situated on the frontline of both world wars.

History

The cemetery was established in 1914. It is a burial ground of German soldiers who lost their lives during both world wars. The soldiers died both on the frontline and in field hospitals. During World War I, the Osowiec Fortress was under siege twice: for the first time - at the turn of September and October 1914, the other time - between February and August 1915. During the Second World War, it was an arena of military actions as well. Numerous war cemeteries were established in nearby towns. In the 1990s, the cemetery from World War II was liquidated and human remains were exhumed and transferred to the war cemetery in Bartosze (a village near Ełk. In 1993, a cemetery was established there and the remains of German soldiers killed in East Prussia during World War I and II have been transferred there. The cemetery was established owing to cooperation of the Polish Memory Foundation and the German War Graves Commission in Kassel).

Description

The complex of cemeteries is located in the village, on the right side of the Białaszewo-Wierzbowo road (GPS: N:53°31'48" E: 22°28'16.19"). Established on a rectangular floor plan (initially, these were two rectangles together forming an L-shape), with the area of 0.1 ha; it is fenced by stone posts linked with a wooden, picket fence. No trace of graves; the only original element of the cemetery’s shape is a stone from a solder’s grave left as a monument; it contains the following engraved inscription: HERE / THE PIONEER / THEODOR / SEIDLER / DIED / THE HERO’S DEATH / PIONEER BATALLION 1-1 FIELD COMPANY / 11. DECEMBER 1891 † 20 FEBRUARY 1915. Initially, on the eastern side, the cemetery was separated from the fields with a line of lime trees, some of which have survived until now. Next to the World War I cemetery, a cemetery of German soldiers from World War II was located (115 earth graves marked by wooden crucifixes with nameplates). There is also an information plate: CEMETERY / OF GERMAN SOLDIERS / FROM WORLD WAR I / IN LIPIŃSKIE.

The monument is freely available to the public.

compiled by Iwona Górska, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Bialystok, 05-07-2014.

Bibliography

  • Karta zabytku, Cmentarz wojenny Lipińskie, oprac. Zgrzywa S., 1994, Archiwum Wojewódzkiego Urzędu Ochrony Zabytków w Białymstoku oraz Archiwum Narodowego Instytutu Dziedzictwa w Warszawie.
  • Max Dehnen, Die Kriegergräber in Ostpreussen von 1914/15, Würzburg 1996.

General information

  • Type: cemetery
  • Chronology: 1914-1915
  • Form of protection: register of monuments
  • Address: Lipińskie
  • Location: Voivodeship podlaskie, district grajewski, commune Grajewo
  • Source: National Heritage Board of Poland

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