Neuville St Vaaste


Our second stop was a different experience. Instead of the white crosses of the French cemetery standing proudly in the fields, we were now faced with lines and lines of stark black crosses.

This was one of the German cemetery and it was as mournful as the first one we visited but almost hidden from view. 

There wreaths occasionally but more surprising in some ways were the way Jewish graves were intermingled amongst the German Christian crosses. It is a stirring reminder that it didn’t taken long  from a time when Jews and Christians were comrades in arms to a period of horrific persecution and mass murder. It was wonderful to see stones placed on the Jewish gravestones to show that relatives had visited.

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