A war memorial originally dedicated to the German prisoners of war buried in the Fort Douglas cemetery has been rededicated in honor of the deceased prisoners and the victims of despotism around the world.
The rededication ceremony was the culmination of a visit to Utah by two former German prisoners of war. Karl Altkruger and Herbert Barkhoff were injured at the end of World War II during an unprovoked shooting at a Salina POW camp that claimed nine prisoners and wounded 19. The prisoners who died were buried at Fort Douglas.Sunday's rededication coincided with the German National Day of Mourning, the German equivalent of our Memorial Day. The ceremony drew officials of the German Air Force, the West German consul from San Francisco and local Utah government officials, civic and religious leaders.
The 55-year-old memorial was renovated recently by Salt Lake stone sculptor Hans Huettlinger. The $22,000 renovation was funded by the German War Graves Commission in conjunction with the German Air Force. The German Air Force also paid for the Utah visit by Altkruger and Barkhoff and their wives.