Camp King archive to be officially opened on Saturday

You may know the building as “Haus am Wald” or as “Außerhalb 7”, maybe as “Haus Florida” or “Haus 997”.  However if you only moved to Oberursel in the last 15 years it is quite possible that you only know it as the “Kinderhaus”.

That building in Camp King, which was originally built in 1921 and has since been known by all of those names, it set to become the permanent home of the Camp King archive, where all of the information collected about the area can be made available in future to historians and school classes.

The official opening will take place on Saturday, 16th March, 2013 at 11pm, and after a speech by Mayor Hans-Georg Brum his predecessor Gerd Krämer will give a talk entitled “Erinnerung braucht Ort” (remembrance needs places).

The Kinderhaus - previously Haus Florida, Haus 997, Haus am Wald and Außerhalb 7 - now Jean-Sauer-Weg 2

The Kinderhaus – previously Haus Florida, Haus 997, Haus am Wald and Außerhalb 7 – now Jean-Sauer-Weg 2

Visitors will have a chance to find out more about the archive, which covers the time from when the area was a training ground for new settlements (“Reichssiedlungsschule”), through the period as a prisoner of war camp (“Dulag Luft”) up to when the US Forces left and the building will be open until 4pm.  During this time the doors to the Mountain Lodge will also be open, giving maybe a rare chance to see inside before it is re-developed.

And if those building names still mean nothing to you, look for Jean-Sauer-Weg 2 on a map to find out where it is.

The nearest U-Bahn station is “Kupferhammer”.


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 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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