Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge – Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Langemark

The Exhibition

The German war cemetery of Langemark (formerly spelt 'Langemarck') is located near the village of Langemark, part of the municipality of Langemark-Poelkapelle, in the Belgian province of West Flanders. More than 44,000 soldiers are buried here. The village was the scene of the first gas attacks by the German army, marking the beginning of the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915. The cemetery is looked after by Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V., which on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany is responsible for finding and maintaining graves of German soldiers who died in wars abroad. Currently, it manages 832 cemetries in 45 countries. Also, it has a consultative function on requests about war graves and encourages encounters of young people at the last resting places of the fallen. Today the association has approximately 350,000 active members and donators as well as more than one million supporters.

Our solution

With Soldatenfriedhof Langemark in Belgium we have - in close cooperation with Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge - created the first digital cemetery. Visitors can download the app "Digitale Cemetery"  via a free Wi-Fi and can access information about the battles of the First World War in Flanders and around the town of Ypres. At the cemetery, additional information is provided with the help of GPS-based postioning so that location-based multimedia content about individual fates enriches the tour.

 

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