This group of images has a special value for the collective memory. The artist Käthe Kollwitz designed the work as a memorial and memorial monument for her son Peter who died in Diksmuide at the beginning of the First World War. We see a father and a mother grieving for the death of their son and by extension for all the fallen soldiers and for a lost generation. In the first designs there was a picture of the son. Because this was not included, the work acquired a more universal meaning. Apart from being artistic, it is also important for historical reasons that the images are kept on site as a protected monument. In 1931 the statue was placed in Esen (Diksmuide) at the grave of Peter Kollwitz. When his remains, together with those of 1538 other German fallen in 1956 were transferred to the Praetbos in Vladslo another Diksmuidse borough moved the sculpture and it was again set up at the grave.