Rally for Europe at the Epinay-Platz

It was at Easter 1967, 50 years ago, that the Epinay-Platz in Oberursel officially received its name.  The town twinning between Oberursel and Epinay-sur-Seine in France was only three years old at the time.

This event will be remembered on Saturday, 25th March, 2017 when a rally will be held on the square between 11.30am and 1pm under the title “Kundgebung für Europa”.

Epinay was the first town that Oberursel twinned with, and the twinning itself is still going strong.  But considering recent events and the current discussions taking place on the future of Europe it was been decided not to celebrate with a festival, but with a rally, with speeches, stalls and music.

The speakers will be:

  • Brigitte Espinasse, Epinay’s treasurer and town representative for twinning activities
  • Hans-Georg Brum, Oberursel’s Mayor
  • Dr. Christoph Müllerleile, a witness to the events of 1967.

André Lesenne and Karl Heinz Pfaff unveiling the Epinay-Platz sign on 26th March, 1967. (Photo: Dr. Christoph Müllerleile)

On Sunday, 26th March, 1967, the Epinay-Platz was officially named in a ceremony with the then Deputy Mayor of Oberursel, Karlheinz Pfaff (right), and the representative from Epinay, André Lesenne.  Until then the square had been called the “Kumeliusplatz”.  The “Place d’Oberursel” in Epinay was named in June of the same year.  The photo was kindly provided by Dr. Christoph Müllerleile.

About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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