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Post by Peter H » 01 May 2003 23:22

This on his grave:

It was not until 1975 that von Richthofen's remains found a (hopefully final) resting place. After his death he was first buried in a village churchyard at Bertangles near Amiens, France, with full military honours by the Commonwealth forces. Later the coffin was transferred to a War Graves Commission cemetery. During the Weimar Republic, the Invalidenfriedhof in Berlin--the Prussian equivalent of the US Arlington National Cemetery--was to become his resting place by wish of the German government and veterans' organisations. On Nov 20, 1925, he was reburied there. The German President Paul von Hindenburg as well as the Chancellor with nearly the whole cabinet were among the dignitaries present. Von Richthofen's reburial was seen as a symbol of homecoming that was appreciated by the many people whose loved ones were buried in foreign soil or missing in action.

In 1961 when the Berlin Wall was constructed, the Invalidenfriedhof was at the very edge of the demarcation zone in the Russian sector. It was only possible to visit the cemetery with special permission. For this reason von Richthofen's surviving brother, Bolko, who had been in charge of the transfer of the remains from France in 1925, got permission from the East German government to rebury the remains in the family burial plot in Wiesbaden before his death in 1971. The reburial book place in 1975. The original grave marker is kept by the Jadgeschwader Richthofen in Wittmund, Ostfriesland.


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Wiesbaden Cemetery,FindAGrave.

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Post by Peter H » 01 May 2003 23:35

Hermann Von Richthofen,the great-nephew of Manfred,German Ambassador to Nato and UK.Died 1998:

http://www.nato.int/cv/permrep/ge/richt-e.htm


http://www.channel4.com/history/microsites/H/history/heads/outtakes/dogfight03.html

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Post by Peter H » 02 May 2003 01:35

1925 Berlin burial.From Corbis com.

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