At Stukenbrock, near Bielefeld in West Germany, crowds gathered yesterday (4 September) to pay tribute to 65,000 Soviet prisoners of war who were murdered and buried in mass graves by their Nazi captors towards the end of the second world war.
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Background: At Stukenbrock, near Bielefeld in West Germany, crowds gathered yesterday (4 September) to pay tribute to 65,000 Soviet prisoners of war who were murdered and buried in mass graves by their Nazi captors towards the end of the second world war.
The dead soldiers were some of the two million Soviet prisoners who passed through the transit camp at Stukenbrock. Altogether over 5 1/2 million Red Army soldiers were captured between 1941 and 1945 - 3.7 million did not survive the end of the war.
The ceremony at the memorial was organised by a group called "Flowers for Stukenbrock", a West German pacifist organisation whose objects include full recognition of East Germany and all European borders, and a European conference on collective security.
Visitors at the ceremony included delegations from the Soviet Embassy in Bonn and from Czechoslovakia, East Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Bulgaria.
SYNOPSIS: People travelled from all corners of West Germany on Saturday to pay homage to 65-thousand Soviet soldiers murdered by their Nazi captors at Stukenbrock transit camp near Bielefeld.
A organisation called "Flowers for Stukenbrock" organised the memorial ceremony at the monument to the Red Army prisoners who were buried in mass graves near the camp.
Flowers for Stukenbrock arranged the ceremony as an expression of anti-war sentiments. Delegations from Czechoslovakia. East Germany, Poland, Bulgaria and the netherlands, took part, and laid wreaths at the monument topped with Red Stars.
The Soviet Union itself was represented by a Red Army officer and a counsellor from the Embassy.
Over three million Red Army prisoners disappeared in Germany during world war two. Flowers for Stukenbrock aims to keep their memory alive and press for a collective security stem in Europe.