Rusthof cemetery

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The Rusthof cemetery (Dutch: begraafplaats Rusthof)[a] is located in Oud-Leusden, Leusden municipality, Utrecht Province, Netherlands. It is the largest cemetery that services the nearby[1] town of Amersfoort. Therefore, it is often called Amersfoort General Cemetery or Amersfoort (Old Leusden) Cemetery or other variants. Address: Dodeweg 31, Leusden, Utrecht, Netherlands.


It is a partly civilian, partly military cemetery. Buried there are the victims of World War II, including 238 soldiers and pilots killed in action from the British Commonwealth, Poland, Belgium and France, also World War II military victims from Yugoslavia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Portugal, Czechoslovakia and Italy (World War I and II), as well as 865 soldiers from the Soviet Union.[2][3][4] A number of Soviet victims came from the nearby Kamp Amersfoort, including 101 Central Asian prisoners. Most of them were Uzbeks or citizens of Samarqand, and were executed in woods near the camp, in April 1942.[5] The Soviet soldiers were eventually reburied in 1947/1948 from some other places in what is called "the Russian Honor Field" or "the Soviet Field of Glory".[4][6]


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  1. ^ "Rusthof" means "place of rest".


  1. ^ ANWB Topografische Atlas Nederland, Topografische Dienst and ANWB, 2005.
  2. ^ "Rusthof, Amersfoort (Old Leusden) General Cemetery"
  3. ^ List of Soviet military buried at Rusthof (in Russian)
  4. ^ a b "Polizeiliches Durchgangslager Amersfoort (PDA)"
  5. ^ a b c Rustam Qobil (2017-05-09). "Why were 101 Uzbeks killed in the Netherlands in 1942?". BBC. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  6. ^ "Soviet Field of Glory" (in Russian)

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Coordinates: 52°07′46″N 5°22′33″E / 52.1295°N 5.3757°E / 52.1295; 5.3757