World War One: Germany’s forgotten war

A short distance from the massed graves in their lines is a grand statue. It was erected by those in power after the war.

 It is a regimental remembrance, consisting of a large, black plinth on which there is a statue of a dead soldier, completely shrouded in a flag. On his chest are a broken sword and a helmet. Only one part of his body is visible: From under the shroud, the dead soldier’s clenched fist sticks out into the air. Under the body is the inscription: “Wir starben, auf dass Deutschland lebe, so lasset uns leben in euch” – “We died that Germany lives, so let us live in you”.

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