German (Volksbund) War Graves Commission

 

Please note: fatal casualties from the German forces have been added to the Fallen Heroes of Normandy archive and database since 2014.

Visit the links on the German Foces Casualties page for the latest additions.

 

 

Established in December 1919 the non-commercial Volksbund organisation was established through necessity as the government of the time did not have the means to take care of those German soldiers who had been killed in the First World War.

 

In 1933 the Volksbund was integrated into the Nationalist Socialist government of the time. During, and immediatly after, the Second World War the German military constructed and maintained German war graves. In 1946, the Volksbund again took up their humanitarian task of establishing and maintaining German graves. In 1954 the Frederal Rebublic commissioned the Volksbund to identify and maintain German cemeteries.

 

Today the Volksbund is a humanitarian organisation and is responsIble for 832 military cemeteries in 45 countries in Europe and North Africa. They tend the graves of some 2.5 million servicemen and women of the German forces. Since 1991 the Volksbund have repaired and constructed 330 Second World War Cemeteries and 188 First World War cemeteries in Eastern, Central and Southern Europe, with over 750,000 war dead being reinterred in 82 cemeteries.

 

The Volksbund also arrange the Volkstrauertag (a national day of mourning) in Germany. This takes place in November each year and represents a day of remembrance for the German fallen and to promote peace among present and future generations.

 

The Volksbund provide the following free online resources:

Grave search (Gräbersuche)

War Grave Site (Cemetery) Search (Kriegsgräberstätte suchen)

 

At present, the Grave search (Gräbersuche) function on the Volksbund website is in German only.

 

 

We have therefore provided the following English translation to help those who cannot read German: