The Forgotten Cemetery is a burial site located in the town of Cadillac, linked to the history of the psychiatric hospital. It was created in 1923 to accommodate the bodies of soldiers from the 1914-1918 war, who had been interned, traumatized by the fighting and who died in Cadillac.
It is one of the very rare testimonies of a little-known subject in the history of France: the status of these combatants damaged by the war, the forgetting of these “broken faces”.
The project to enhance this cemetery, launched on November 11, 2018 at the initiative of Alain Rousset, was built around 3 challenges: ensuring the sustainability of the site as a whole, preserving the spirit of the place and working on a treatment reasoned landscaping, to understand the history of the site to pass it on to future generations. A scenography in the reception courtyard allows in particular today to bring elements of knowledge about this place of memory. The Region piloted this project and financed it to the tune of 605,545 euros for the cemetery and new entrance part (ie 70% of the total cost of the project).
The old gravedigger's house, next to the cemetery, was added to the project, to allow the creation of a memorial interpretation space. Objective of the project as a whole: to form a coherent and complete whole to be offered to visitors. The Region is financially involved in this work in the same proportion as for the work on the cemetery, ie up to 138,150 euros (or 70% of the total cost). The work will be completed in early 2021.
Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Council, will inaugurate the Oubliés cemetery in Cadillac, 1st opening after restoration, on Saturday September 19, 2020 from 6 p.m. in Cadillac