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!

Oberursel’s shiny new (restored) station building

Many towns in Germany face the same problem – their station building.  Not on a scale with Stuttgart, but given that many of them were built in the 19th Century, they often suffer similar fates such as underused ticket offices, high running costs due to the old building materials, and general desire from travellers and locals for the buildings to be put to better use and provide more services.

At the same time, they expect them to look good and still retain their 19th Century character, and not get covered in graffiti.  With many of them being listed buildings as well, this is not an easy task.  Another complication is that the buildings are often owned by Deutsche Bahn, reducing the lack of influence that local towns have over how they are used.

Oberursel’s station is one of those that had suffered this fate until recently, but for the past three years things have started to change.  An organisation called SEWO, who were originally created by the town itself to re-develop the Camp King area, were able to buy the property from the railway. [Read more…]

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