Sunday, January 26, 2014

They died for Serbia / Serbian WWI prisoners of war who died in the Netherlands / Srpski ratni zarobljenici u Holandiji - SEĆANJE - Umrli za Srbiju


Serbian officer (1919) and Serbian soldiers who arrived to our country from German PoW camps (1919), drawings by Jan Hoynck van Papendrecht

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This website is dedicated to the Serbian World War I soldiers who died in the Netherlands. A monument in Garderen is dedicated to the memory of them. To read their story you can read the introduction. Below you can read the latest news items.


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11/01/2014: 95 years ago - In Memoriam

This is the year when we commemorate 100 years from the beginning of the First World War.  Also 95 years ago the Serbian soldiers from the WWI died of the Spanish flu in the Netherlands. They reached the Netherlands on their way home after the war.

This is the month when we commemorate those Serbian victims of the Spanish flu in the Netherlands.

On 11th January 1919 Miloš Simonović died in Rotterdam.

On 15th January 1919 Milorad Ristanović died in Enschede.

On 17th January 1919 Svetozar Božanić died in Dordrecht, Tihomir Jovanović in Enschede , Dejan Ilić in Nijmegen and Najdan Nikodijević in Usselo.

On 18th January 1919 Srećko Bogosavljević and Milosav Milosavljević died in Apeldoorn (Nieuw-Milligen), Vladimir Jovanović in Dordrecht, Velimir Dodolisko, Velisav Ivanović, Miloš Jeremić, Serafim Kapović and Mililsav Marković in Nijmegen and Nikola Nikolajević in Usselo.

On 19th January 1919 Živko Damnjanović died in Amersfoort, Viden Matić, Branko Radović, Živan Stefanović in Apeldoorn (Nieuw-Milligen), Sretan Stevanović, Milentije Vukadinović in Dordrecht and Dejan Milošević, Dragojle Ranković and Luka Živković in Nijmegen.

On 20th January 1919 Nikola Brčerević, Stanislav Marinković and Đura Stojadinović died in Apeldoorn (Nieuw-Milligen), Milan Brkić, Jovan Paunović in Dordrecht, Đorđe Mitrović in Enschede, Miloš Donević, Jezdimir, Vukosav Miljković, Mihajlo Stenović, Ivan Živanović in Nijmegen and Mihajlo Avramović in Usselo.

On 21st January 1919 Vladimir Bošković, Bogdan Lazić, Marjan Marjanović, Milovan Milojević, Tihomir Mitrović and Velizar Vuković died in Apeldoorn (Nieuw-Milligen), Dragutin Milanović, Petar Nikolić in Nijmegen and Stojan Đorđevićm Miloš Obradović in Usselo.

On 22nd January 1919 Milenko Damnjanović, Milomir Matijević, Đorđe Vukosavljević died in Apeldoorn (Nieuw-Milligen), Živojin Miladinović in Dordrecht, Sreten Raičić in Enschede, Stojan Miosavljević in Hengelo, Arsen Lazarević, Laza Lazarević, Kosta Marković, Milutin Talović in Nijmegen and Božidar Radovanović in Usselo.

On 23th January 1919 Dragomir Mijatović, Vladimir Mitrović died Apeldoorn (Nieuw-Milligen), Petar Aleksić in Dordrecht, Desimir Popović en Dimitrije Stojanović in Enschede, Stanoje Dobrosavljević in Hengelo, Miloš Gavrović, Dragoš Nikolić and Radovan Nikolić in Usselo.

On 24th January 1919 Aranđel Milošević, Milosav Nikolić, Aleksandar Stanković died in Apeldoorn (Nieuw-Milligen), Mihailo Gajić in Nijmegen and Milenko Marković in Usselo.

On 25th January 1919 Živan Antonijević, Petar Martinović, Milivoje Miladinović, Đorđe Perić died in Apeldoorn (Nieuw-Milligen) and Stevan Paunović in Hengelo.

On 26th January 1919 Radosav Jovičić died in Dordrecht.

On 27th January 1919 Dragan Dimitrijević, Vasilije Simonović died in Apeldoorn (Nieuw-Milligen) and Todor Krušeljević in Dordrecht.

On 28th January 1919 Stevan Vasić died in (Nieuw-Milligen) and Uroš Radivojević in Dordrecht.

On 30th January 1919 Stanko Lazarević died in Apeldoorn (Nieuw-Milligen) and Božidar Živanović in Dordrecht.

On 2nd February 1919 Stojan Marković died in Dordrecht.

On 5th February 1919 Dragutin Milutinović died in Dordrecht.

On 7th February 1919 Milojko Karadžić died in Dordrecht.

Eternal glory to them!

12/11/2013 Stanislav Marinković

Our latest story is online now and it is about the fate of Stanislav Marinković from Tavnik, click here.

06/10/2013: Pictures of the remembrance service in Garderen

The 5th of October a remembrance service was held in Garderen (the Netherlands) for the Serbian World War I soldiers who died in the Netherlands.

You can find the pictures here: Garderen 5th October 2013
Remains of Serbian POWs who died in the Netherlands have been found after 75 years

THE HAGUE / BELGRADE - Recent research has shown that the remains of 89 Serb prisoners of war who died in the Netherlands in 1919 are in a Serbian mausoleum in Jindřichovice near Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic.

Most of these 89 Serb prisoners of war who came early in 1919 in various transit camps throughout the Netherlands died due to the Spanish flu. They were temporarily taken on their way home through the port of Rotterdam, after the First World War. Some of them already achieved to reach neutral Netherlands before the end of the war. In total, more than 4,000 Serbs return home via the Netherlands. They came from concentration and internment camps in which they were held as prisoners of war in Germany.

In the Netherlands a total of 92 Serbian soldiers deceased between 1917 and 1919 and they were buried in 9 cemeteries. After the war, the government in Belgrade decided to concentrate their war victims on a limited number of places in Europe. The remains were exhumed and put in coffins and put together in mausoleums. Thus, plans were made for the 89 Serbian war graves in the Netherlands that they should be exhumed and transferred. Until recently, the trail of those Serbian war graves ended in Wyler, near Nijmegen, where the lead coffins with destination "Czechoslovakia" were transferred to the German authorities on May 18, 1938.

The explanatory memorandum for the budget for 1940/41 from the war department of the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was discovered at the end of April in the Archives of Yugoslavia in Belgrade. Here, it was written that the remains were then transferred to a mausoleum that was built near the former Austrian camp Heinrischgrün in Bohemia in 1924. In that camp were mostly Serbian and Russian prisoners of war who were engaged in mining. In addition, thousands were killed.

The mausoleum, in what is now called Jindřichovice is located in the Czech Republic, was restored in 1996 and is accessible to the public upon request. Until 1940, the remains of 7470 Serbs and 189 Russians were put here. The originally from Netherlands lead coffins are identified by the numbers 1 untill 89.

The Serbian prisoners of war who deceased in the Netherlands are commemorated every first Saturday of October at the Serbian Cemetery monument on Craatshof in Garderen. Before the Second World War, there was a memorial for the Serbian prisoners of war who died in the camp near Milligen.


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