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Neuville-St.-Vaast MAA

The "Neuville-Saint-Vaast" cemetery is the largest German military cemetery in France of the First World War. 44,883, only one thousand less than the population of Whitchurch-Stouffville recorded in 2016, have been buried here from the 1914-1918 war. I was appalled of the treatment of the dead in this cemetery compared to Canadian cemeteries and the hidden articles in the Treaty of Versailles Canadians of today don't know about. ​

Approximately 100 black crosses surrounded by a white blossom tree

This cemetery was designed under the strict rules of the Treaty of Versailles that gave Germans a very small, segregated amount of land to bury their dead.

Cemetery Memorial Monument
Path with woman walking down it to a tall black cross. Approximately 200 crosses surrounding.

It also enforced that all crosses had to be painted black because their dead were seen as the "black souls". 
Each cross has the names of four soldiers.

Close up of Black cross with two names engraved.
Closer image of names on black cross reads "Johann edemann Gefreiter" and 'Franz Erecke Unterofficer" who died on April 9, 1917

Both of the soldiers on the grave above died on April 9, 1917, the day of the Vimy Ridge battle.​
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