camp Elsterhorst died after the end of world war II 621 German soldiers and
606 men, women and children as refugees from Schlesien, Pommern,
East Prussia and the Sudetenland. They were buried approx. 1.5 km removed from
the camp, partly in mass graves with unknown grave situation.
the fact that to be deplored the high number of dead people
in the camp Elsterhorst under Russian administration, the
topic "Camp Elsterhorst" was hushed up in the time of socialism entire, in
the hope one day nobody will more remember. So is it not amazing,
that in no historical literature over Hoyerswerda and this environment
(which kown by the author) somewhat written over the camp
Elsterhorst in the time of GDR. It did not fit the heroful myth of the
amazingly is also the fact which the grave plants of the war grave
place Nardt not cared in the GDR trough the state. The GDR was not interest in the grave care of German
war-dead. Only individual graves were privately cared by citizen of
Nardt, since many member of the dead ones due to the
division of Germany and/or large distances could not take over the
care any longer.
collapse of the socialist system 1989 the interest in information
and in the historical processing of the topic became larger. The in at that time still independent
municipality Nardt was conscious itself, that the care of all graves
must be taken up again.
began the planning for a war
grave place in bigger
co-operation with the national union German military grave
registration service e.V.. At the beginning municipality worker
cleared up the area extensive. Subsequently, marode gravestones were removed and
the area gotten a new grass. Each grave received a uniform granite
cross and a central memorial place with a wooden high cross was
grave place Nardt is since the official inauguration on 21 May 1993
in a willful condition, in order to become fair the legacy of the
dead ones, which died in the camp Elsterhorst.