Italian War Cemetery Wrocław
This Italian cemetery from World War I was created to commemorate the Italian soldiers who lost their lives as German prisoners of war. 265,000 Italian troops were captured after the disastrous defeat of Italy at the battle of Caparetto. The battle was regarded as a major embarrassment, therefore the word ‘Caparetto’ has become synonymous with failure in the current Italian lexicon.
After their capture, the Italian troops were taken to labor camps in lower Silesia and Saxony where many died while working. According to personal accounts, the Italian laborers worked in factories and on various projects such as the Oder river canal. Due to poor conditions in these labor camps many of these prisoners perished.
This war cemetery contains 1.016 war graves from the First World War and 20 from the Second World War.