Open Day in Camp King

An open day is being held at the archive in Camp King (Jean-Sauer-Weg 2) on Sunday, 10th May, 2015.

Apart from the archive itself being open, a number of other events are taking place:

10:00 searching for signs of the escape tunnel opposite Camp-King-Allee nr.15

10:30 witnesses tell their stories  in the Kinderhaus

12:00 Jewish soldiers return home as liberators

14:00 searching for signs of the escape tunnel opposite Camp-King-Allee nr.15

14:15 a tour through Camp King

15:30 witnesses tell their stories in the Kinderhaus

The Kinderhaus (previously Haus Florida)The Kinderhaus (previously Haus Florida)

Camp King archive officially opened

Last Saturday (16th March, 2013) saw a day arrive that many people associated with the Camp King area had been waiting for, none more so than local history Manfred Kopp, when the Camp King archive finally moved into its permanent home at the “Kinderhaus”.

Except that the “Kinderhaus” was not always called that.  On the map it may now have the address “Jean-Sauer-Weg 2”, but it was originally called “Haus am Wald” and had the address “Außerhalb 7”.  In the post-war period it was called “Haus Florida”, and the U.S. army later called it simply “Haus 997”.

At 11am a group gathered around the entrance to the cellar, next to the artwork “Don’t look back”, among them Mayor Hans-Georg Brum and Deputy Principle Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Charisse Phillips. [Read more…]

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). [Read more…]

Recipients of the Citizens’ Medal 2012

Council Chairman Dr. Christoph Müllerleile and Mayor Hans-Georg Brum with Inge and Dr. Eberhard Laeuen, Manfred Kopp, Treasurer Thorsten Schorr and Alderman Christof Fink

Council Chairman Dr. Christoph Müllerleile and Mayor Hans-Georg Brum with Inge and Dr. Eberhard Laeuen, Manfred Kopp, Treasurer Thorsten Schorr and Alderman Christof Fink

The citizens’ medals 2012 were awarded to:

1. Manfred Kopp for his work as a local historian, which includes putting together the archive of documents about Camp King, 1933-1993.  The archive is due to be re-located to its new permanent home in the “Kinderhaus”, previously known as “House Florida”.  Since 2003 he has also been responsible for training the town guides (“Stadtführer”) and he himself offers several tours of the Camp King area each year.

2. Inge and Dr. Eberhard Laeuen, who were among the initiators of the working group “Nie wieder 1933” (never again 1933), which was set up in 1981 to research and document the crimes that took place during the Nazi period in Oberursel.  They were also among the initiators of the “Initiative Opferdenkmal e.V.” (victims’ memorial) foundation in 2008, whose aim is to create a lasting memorial for the victims of the National Socialist regime who came from the town.

They received their medals during the Bürgerempfang in November 2012.

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