The day the terror threat came to Oberursel

It was Thursday, 30th April, 2015.  I don’t know exactly when I read the message, but the post on Facebook at 5.32am simply read “Does anyone what was happening in Oberursel last night?  SWAT team, explosives unit… where was it and why?”

Just as I was leaving to head into town the local radio answered the “where” part of that question: near Edeka on the Hohemarkstraße.  Somewhere I was about to drive past.  Minutes later as I passed the house number 143, there were police vehicles everywhere.  I estimate that there were about 10 police cars and at least one van containing special equipment.

Hohemarkstrasse 143 in OberurselHohemarkstraße 143 in Oberursel where the arrests took place

Soon information started to come out about the arrests of a couple who had been living there, apparently police had searched a flat and a car, finding explosives and firearms. [Read more…]

Saving the Ehrenmal and Remembering Oberursel’s War Dead

When I went on a walk visiting the war memorials in Oberursel last year, the one that we started at happened to be the one that I did not publish a photograph of. This was partly due to the weather but also because it was undergoing restoration work at the time.

A year has now passed, and it is still being restored. However, being „Volkstrauertag“ in Germany today, the equivalent of Remembrance Sunday, I decided to take a look at the progress that has been made in the past year.

The „Ehrenmal“ is located next to the „Christuskirche“ church, at the junction of the Oberhöchstädter Straße leading out of the town centre and the Füllerstraße, which used to be part of the main B455 road from Königstein.

Unveiled on 12th October 1930, it was designed by an artist from called Lina von Schauroth, who had already designed the monument for a location in her home city of Frankfurt. But in the end, as we know, it ended up in Oberursel.

The „Ehrenmal“ is a concrete column, placed on a block inscribed with the names of the town’s war dead in the First World War. On the top there is a copper sphere. But what makes the monument particularly special is the mosaic on the outside of the column.

The mosaic depicts the image of Jesus Christ, with a smaller image beneath of soldiers in uniform. There is a colour photo taken before restoration began on Wikipedia.

But the years took their toll on the momument. Cracks began to appear and pieces of the mosaic began to fall off. [Read more…]

A new website for Oberursel

Oberursel Altstadt seen from the BleicheSince the Hessentag last year in Oberursel, the number of items relating to the town have increased dramatically on this site.

At the same time a number of sub-sites for local events and a ticker have been started, meaning that the information about the town has been spread out, whilst the blog has been a mixture of Oberursel and non-Oberursel topics.

To reflect the importance of Oberursel to the AllThingsGerman.net site we have decided to bring all of the topics connected with the town together, and to give the blog back to its original purpose: information about the culture, politics and places to visit in all of Germany.

If Oberursel does not interest you, then stay here on the blog as you have done until now.  Otherwise, please visit www.allthingsgerman.net/oberursel and see the new site for yourself.  Don’t forget to sign up for the new e-mail newsletter as well!

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