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5.4.2019
Invitation to the memorial service, on the occasion of the upcoming 74th anniversary of the liberation of the prisoners of war and concentration camp prisoners at the Memorial Camp Sandbostel

Commemoration on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of liberation // Photo: Lewke-Björn Rudnick, April 29, 2015
Commemoration on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of liberation // Photo: Lewke-Björn Rudnick, April 29, 2015

We would like to warmly invite you to the memorial service on the 29th of April in 2019 on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the prisoners of war camp Stalag XB Sandbostel.

Sandbostel was one of the largest POW camps in the North of Germany, in which over 313,000 prisoners of war and in the final days also about 9,500 concentration camp prisoners from more than 50 nations were imprisoned between 1939 and 1945. Thousands died here and were buried on the camp cemetery. The prisoners of war and concentration camp prisoners who died and suffered here will be commemorated in the memorial service.

This year, numerous relatives of former prisoners of war and concentration camp prisoners from Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia and Serbia, and the Consular representatives of several nations, such as the consul general of the Russian Federation, Andrei Sharashkin and Italy, Giorgio Taborri, as well as Representatives of the state of Lower Saxony and the district of Rotenburg (Wümme) have confirmed their attendance.

Starting at 1 pm, German, English and French-speaking tours will be offered at the former camp.

The actual commemoration begins at 4 pm at the Sandbostel war graves cemetery (former camp cemetery, Bevener Street (no number), 27446 Sandbostel) with a greeting from the admininstrative head of the district of Rotenburg (Wümme), Hermann Luttmann, and a speech by Domenico Bolognese, whose father Michele Bolognese was interned in Stalag X B as an Italian military internee. The program continues with a series of prayers from the Protestant, the Catholic, the Russian Orthodox, the Islamic and the Jewish Church. The series of prayers are followed by a wreath laying.

At 5.30 pm, the event continues at the former camp kitchen at the Sandbostel Camp Memorial with welcoming words from the Italian consul general Giorgio Taborri from Hanover and the state superintendent Hans Christian Brandy. Requested for a Greeting is a representative of the state of Lower Saxony. After that pupils of the Oste-Hamme-Schule Gnarrenburg will contribute to the ceremony by reading quotations of former concentration camp prisoners. We are particularly pleased that the 95-year-old Zbigniew Radlowski from Krakow has confirmed his participation and will be giving a speech. 75 years ago Zbigniew Radlowski was brought to the Prisoner of War Camp Sandbostel as a 20-year-old member of the Polish Armia Krajowa (Home Army) after the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising. The event will be accompanied musically by Åsa Stelling Jakobsson (violin) and Christine by Stryk (piano). There will be the possibility for individual remembrance at the memorial stone for the Prisoners of War and Concentration camp prisoners who died in Stalag X B.

Finally, at 7 pm the St. Lamberti parish Selsingen will hold a memorial service in the Protestant camp church. The sermon will be delivered by Hans-Christian Brandy.

The events at the camp cemetery, at the memorial site and in the camp church are open to the public. We would be delighted if you joined us for the memorial service in Sandbostel on 29th April.