German National Day of Mourning Commemoration

In preparation for the German National Day of Mourning commemoration ceremony on the 17 November, Gallipoli Association member Klaus Wolf and Bundeswehr soldiers assigned to NATO in Istanbul clean up the gravestones in the German Military Cemetery in Tarabya. The white marble commemorative plaques and tombstones are subject to the sometimes harsh Bosporus winter climatic conditions, which had rendered some of them unreadable. Inaugurated in 1914, this cemetery in the park of the summer residence of the German Ambassador in the Tarabya suburb of Istanbul and contains the graves of German soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians of both World Wars.