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> WWI cemetery in Bratislava, Resting place for 43 Romanian soldiers
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Posted: May 07, 2009 08:38 pm
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I think, that this might be of interest here.

After few years of works, reconstruction of War cemetery in Bratislava, Slovakia, was recently finished. It is a final resting place for 331 soldiers, who died in military hospitals in Bratislava during WWI. Among them are also 43 Romanian soldiers - POW, who died of their wounds or illnesses.

Cemetery is located in Petrzalka-Kopcany near border with Austria. Since it was an iron curtain border during communist era, cemetery was off-limits to civilians and thus fell into disrepair. Now, it finally has appropriate look. The cost of reconstruction was 600.000 eur.

Unfortunately, names of more than 100 soldiers are unknown. Since I didn´t find any Romanian names in the lists of buried soldiers, I suppose, that all 43 Romanian soldiers are unknown, only their nationality is known. You can see word "Neznamy" on some of the pictures below - it means Unknown in Slovak language.


(IMG:http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h65/myrecek/cintorin/cintorin1.jpg)

(IMG:http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h65/myrecek/cintorin/cintorin2.jpg)

(IMG:http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h65/myrecek/cintorin/cintorin3.jpg)

(IMG:http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h65/myrecek/cintorin/kriz.jpg)

(IMG:http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h65/myrecek/cintorin/kriz2.jpg)

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Posted: May 08, 2009 05:15 am
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Miro, thank you very much for the information! It will be passed to romanian authorities who are in charge with the comemoration of fallen romanian soldiers.
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Posted: May 08, 2009 08:08 am
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This is the location of cemetery on google maps:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q...005493&t=h&z=18

Cemetery is in the small forrest in the middle of satellite view. There is only field path that leeds to cemetery from the left side (alongside Austrian border). Access from the right side is now partially blocked and very difficult.

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Posted: May 08, 2009 09:48 am
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Very well mentained.
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Posted: May 08, 2009 04:03 pm
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Informations "miro" provided was forwarded to ONCE (Oficiul National Cultul Eroilor - National Office for Heroes Memory), a govermental organization which take care of military cemeteries where romanian soldiers from ww1 and ww2 are buried, in Romania or abroad. Miro, thank you again!
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Posted: May 08, 2009 04:17 pm
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QUOTE (21 inf @ May 08, 2009 04:03 pm)
Miro, thank you again!

You are welcome!

BTW, if anybody wants to visit the cemetery, it is open from April till October each day only for few hours from 14.00 till 19.00. During the weekends, it is open from 10.00.

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Posted: May 08, 2009 06:45 pm
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Very nice and commendable initiative, Miro. It's good to see that the fallen soldiers, of all sides, are being taken care of almost 100 years after their death.

One detail that is inaccurate is the nationality of some of the dead soldiers. There was no 'Czechoslovak' and 'Yugoslav' nationality.

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Posted: May 08, 2009 07:59 pm
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QUOTE (Dénes @ May 08, 2009 06:45 pm)
One detail that is inaccurate is the nationality of some of the dead soldiers. There was no 'Czechoslovak' and 'Yugoslav' nationality.

Yes, I know. But the cemetery was built in this form sometimes in 1921 or 1922. Country of origin of fallen soldiers was in that time described as "Czechoslovakia" or "Kingdom of SHS" and their nationality was in that time described as "Czechoslovak" or "Yugoslavian".
In these days it is difficult to distinguish, if the "Yugoslavian" soldiers were Serbs, Croats, Slovenians, Bosniaks or others. Therefore nationality is mentioned in its original 1921-22 form.

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