Honouring the Victims Honouring the Victims
Honouring the Victims
© Museum für Sepulkralkultur, Kassel, Bildarchiv


9. August 2014 – 19. October 2014

Cabinet Exhibition

Military cemeteries from the 1st world war by the architect Dusan Jurkovic

Together With the Slovak National Gallery

As the number of victims increased, so did the task of giving them an honourable funeral. Wherever there was fighting, heroes' cemeteries were established. The exhibition uses the designs of the Slovak architect Dusan Jurkovic (1868-1947) as an example of the intention and accuracy with which the victims were honoured. Jurkovic is considered one of the most important Slovak architects. From 1916 to 1918, he was a landstorm engineer of the k.u.k. Military Command in Krakow, he was entrusted with the task of building cemeteries for the soldiers who died in Galicia. Here 60,829 soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian, German and Russian armies are buried. Under international law, the soldiers' graves have a permanent right to rest, but the cemeteries in Galicia had fallen into disrepair and were almost completely forgotten before they were tracked down, identified and restored since the 1990s.


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Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V.

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