The Monument to Soldiers of the First World War in the Village Danyushevo

The Republic of Belarus is located in the heart of Europe and has many times become a place of fighting. The country has been conquered, divided and joined. A few dozens of years after the bloodthirsty First World War the Great Patriotic War came, which due to its large-scaled battles erased the memory of heroes of 1914-1918. But traces of the First World War in Belarus have survived up to this day. These are fragments of trenches, bridges and roads, the Russo-German cemeteries, monuments, and obelisks.

The village of Danyushevo is located in the Grodno region of Belarus and it has seen a lot of events. The settlement was founded approximately in the middle of the XV century. Danyushevo has always been a small and neat village as described in many sources. In 1999 there lived only thirty-nine people. The location is situated on the high bank of the river Viliya covered with thick greenery. There is an ancient Church and a bell tower. The Church was built in 1809 upon the initiative of Martin Klimansky. The nature of this area is extremely beautiful and colorful. On the other side of the Villa there is the magnificent reserve "Blue lakes".

During the First World War the western part of Belarus was under the German occupation. The frontline was in the country for the period of two and a half years. During these years in the village of Danyushevo a German hospital was established. Approximately with the beginning of the war, near Trinity Church which was located in the center of the village two monuments to fallen officers were installed. In 1914-1918 near the church a military cemetery was growing. When the Germans began to feel confident in the occupied areas, they built here a stone monument of considerable sizes. The huge obelisk rises above the trees, and its base is immersed in greenery and flowers. It was created in 1915. After the war there was a reburial of the dyed Germans at the military cemetery in the nearby village, and on the pedestal of the monument an icon of Madonna in white and blue robes was installed. On the obelisk you can see a sign with writing in German that says: "To the Memory of the Glorious Comrades, 1915".

The First World War lasted a little longer than four years. The war involved over thirty countries, more than 10 million people were killed, and twice as many were wounded. The main fighting took place in the territory of modern Belarus and Poland. As a result of this terrible war, Belarus was divided into two parts, and its western part came to possession of Poland. Victims and losses were enormous. Unfortunately, many have forgotten about that long-lasting war, but ancient and modern monuments dedicated to soldiers of the First World War remind us of those most important events in the history of many countries. But it is so important to remember and know about the causes and results of the merciless war. In many countries of the world 11 November is a holiday dedicated to ceasefire and the end of the war in 1918. This day is celebrated even in far New Zealand. Unfortunately, in Russia and Belarus, almost do not remember about the First World War. But still in the territory of our countries there are lots of memorable places connected with that war. And we should visit these places learning the history and understanding the whole depth, tragedy and importance of those events. It is vital to know the global and local history in order to be able to build the present and the future.