Tag Archives: WW II

Weingut I, Upper Bavaria, Germany

Yesterday, I visited a place called “Weingut 1”, just some 90km away from where I live. I have been to a lots of weird places, but this one ranks up very high in my list. Since you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I´m a WW2 buff, and every time I come around those places, it feels like I have been here myself back in the days. Wondering if there is anyone out there who feels the same like me…Here is a link with tons of information about this site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weingut_I . Writings in Italic are taken from the information boards at the newly installed mass grave memorial site…

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On May 2, 1945, U.S. troops liberated the prisoners and organized their food and care. The U.S. military administration had the dead exhumed and given them a dignified burial. 

Cemetery dedicated to the 392 victims of National Socialism, Neumarkt St.Veit, Upper Bavaria…

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Tombstone for the nearly 1500 Jewish people buried at this and surrounding cemeteries, Neumarkt St.Veit…

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All concrete and iron…The entire armament bunker -except for one arch- was blown up in 1947…The bunker was never completed. It was demolished after the war…

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Plans called for the bunker in Mühldorf to be 400 meters long and 85 wide. The concrete roof was to be five meters thick…

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Information boards at the mass grave memorial site…

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Mass grave site…Inmates died every day in the camps and at the construction site. In a remote area of the woods, prisoners had to dig a grave three meters deep and several meters wide. A work detail with twelve prisoners and four guards used a horse-drawn cart to transport the dead to the site. The naked emaciated corpses were placed in layers in the grave. As the number of dead rose, the grave was extended…

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According to investigations by the American military administration, 3.934 concentration camp prisoners died in the Mühldorf camp complex. Within ten months nearly half of all prisoners had died…

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The newly installed mass grave memorial site, Mühldorfer Hart, Mühldorf, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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Volgograd, Russia: Stills/Video

I did a blog post about my travels to Volgograd some time ago, which you can read here: https://wernerpriller.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/volgograd-russia-the-past-and-the-present-part-one/ . One can´t believe that this city, formerly known as Stalingrad, has been destroyed by 95 % of its origin, and yet, has risen again, thanks to the unbreakable will of its inhabitants. I did this journey in Oct. 2012, honoring my uncle’s death for the 70th anniversary. All the years I thought that WW II has been such a waste of human life. Today,  I know that by giving their lives, they enabled us, the next generation, to live in times without war, for almost 70 years now.  I´m very grateful for that every day. I now know too (and realize), that this journey to Volgograd has been the beginning of my own journey into “within”. The old lady in the red dress had opened, just with a few words, my heart in a way I had experienced only once before. Like on a German documentary about Volgograd, the speaker said: ” To truly understand WW II, you have to come to Volgograd, to see and feel this place.” With this stills/video, I hope I can give you an idea about that. The song is by Metallica, called Nothing Else Matters – HD-button for a higher resolution. Enjoy!

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