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Slovenia commemorates Russian victims of WWI

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 01 Sep 2012 16:37    Onderwerp: Slovenia commemorates Russian victims of WWI Reageer met quote

Slovenia commemorates Russian victims of WWI
meeting of Slovenian and Russian politicians has taken place in Slovenia, as a sign of friendship between the two countries.
The meeting was held in a place called Vrsic in Slovenia’s northwest, near a Russian chapel.

In 1916, Russian prisoners of war were buried under a snow slip while crossing a mountain pass in Vrsic. The chapel was build by Russians in the early 20th century to commemorate them.

The Russian delegation was held by deputy speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper house Yuri Vorobyov, and the Slovenian – by Prime Minister Janez Jansa.

Besides politicians, clergymen and public figures were also present. A church service was held to commemorate Russians who died here during WWI.

“Initially, this chapel was a symbol of mourning,” Prime Minister Jansa said. “Now, it is a symbol of Russian-Slovenian friendship.”
http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_07_29/Slovenia-commemorates-Russian-victims-of-WWI/
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BerichtGeplaatst: 01 Sep 2012 16:38    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Herdenking in vorige jaren:
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BerichtGeplaatst: 01 Sep 2012 16:44    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

History

In early 1915, the small town of Kranjska Gora suddenly became strategically important due to its proximity to the Isonzo Front. To facilitate access from the town to the front, the Austro-Hungarian authorities ordered the construction of a military road across Vršič, a 1,611 m pass between the Sava and Soča valleys, to be built by Russian POWs.[1]
The road was begun in May 1915, and was completed by the end of the year. To ensure an uninterrupted supply of materiel to the front lines, the pass was to be kept traversable year-round, and the POWs were made to clear the road of heavy snowfall. On 8 or 12 March 1916 (sources vary), an avalanche buried a POW work camp, killing approximately 300 prisoners and about 10 guards. Exact casualty figures were never determined, either for the victims of the avalanche of for those of the brutal overwork and appalling conditions.

The Russian camp was located roughly halfway up the slope of Vršic. Between 1916 and 1917, the remaining prisoners built a small wooden memorial chapel. The building is of typical Russian design, with two small towers on either side of the nave, and is surrounded by prisoners' graves and a pyramid-shaped memorial marker to the immediate right of the chapel.

The site was renovated in 2005, at a cost of €90,000, and serves as both a war memorial and a symbolic link between Slovenia and Russia. The pass road was renamed Ruska cesta ('Russian Road') in July 2006.[2]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Chapel,_Vr%C5%A1i%C4%8D
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