Michiel 2005

Michiel 2005

Posted on 08/13/2009


Photo taken on July 25, 2009



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Vogelsang IP – Torchbearer on the Solstice Place

Vogelsang IP – Torchbearer on the Solstice Place
The text reads: "Ihr seid die Fackelträger der Nation. Ihr tragt das Licht des Geistes voran im Kampfe für Adolf Hitler." (You are the torchbearers of the nation. You carry the light of the soul in the forefront of the struggle for Adolf Hitler."
One can understand that the Adolf Hitler and the swastika were removed, but it is less clear why the middle part of "Fackelträger" was damaged. A friend of mine suggested that it was the work of Brits or Americans, because the remaining "Fack" resembles another, rude, English word.

The architect of the monument was Clemens Klotz (1886–1969), the statue was made by Willy Meller (1887–1974). On top of the monument a fire could be lit.

Built as Ordensburg Vogelsang in the 1930s to educate leaders of the Third Reich. During the war it was a refugee centre and military base. After the war the Brits took control of it until 1950 and then it became a Belgian military base until 2006. Now it is open to the public, including the surrounding terrain. Now it is called Vogelsang IP (=International Place).
I learnt about Vogelsang from latium, a flickr contact of mine. He visited Vogelsang in the 1960s when he served in HM Army (16/5th Lancers), see for instance here: www.flickr.com/photos/10804277@N08/3178270072/ and here: www.flickr.com/photos/10804277@N08/2628053663/
More info on Vogelsang: www.thirdreichruins.com/vogelsang.htm

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