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Flossenbürg - many thanks to "Sven-121" and Wikipedia
When you approach Flossenbürg you see at first the ruins of a castle on a hill.
The weather was nice and we decided spontaneously to visit it. So we drove in the direction of the castle. We realized that we had to walk and parked our cheap Dodge car. Just as we closed the doors a German couple parked behind us and looked at our American car and their little dog was sniffing on a rear tire. When they heard Elizabeth talking in English and saw our German license plate they asked us in English where we came from.
We had found company for our sightseeing tour to the remains of the old castle.
They told us that they come frequently to this place to walk their dog and to have some exercises.
It was a pretty short exercise to reach the ruins. The only hold up was the dog. I used the frequent stops to take pictures which I do not have any more and Elizabeth practised her German and our companions their English.
The ruins of "Castle Flossenbürg"
The ruins of "Castle Flossenbürg"
As usual I got compliment about my good German and I had to explain why.
They asked us wether we came to Flossenbürg because of the concentration camp.
I had to admit that I was not aware at all that there had been on in this pretty looking small community. We had visited together with Elizabeth's dad Dachau when he came to Germany for a brief visit and Elizabeth was not to keen to see another one. I think these memorial places serve a very good purpose but they can also become easily a tourist attraction and the outcome of the intended education is still questionable. But we should not give up.
At the end of our web site I installed a link to an unusual video about the concentration camp in Flossenbürg.
Some kind of disturbed by getting a reminder of a very dark chapter of the recent history of Germany we still enjoyed the beautiful sight from top of the hill.
We learned that the construction of the castle had started around the year 1100. It was destroyed during the Thirty Years' War and never renovated.
Today it is considered to be one of the most beautiful ruins in all of the Upper Palatinate. When we read this we were happy that we came to this place and we could understand why the German couple and their dog were attracted to it.
Unfortunately, we came in August and we missed an annual event called the "Burgfest" (castle festival) with the appearance of the "Burgwehr" a battle group in historical costumes.
The ruins of the castle in Flossenbürg - many thanks to "Walter J. Pilsak" and Wikipedia
I think we spent over two hours at the ruins with the mice couple and the dog. Especially Elizabeth had a good time with the animal.
We walked together back and strolled also through the village which has a population of roughly 1500. Then we said good bye.
It was a nice experience.
Before we left I had a beer and a "Brotzeit" in the garden of a restaurant which included a butcher shop. Surprisingly Elizabeth was also hungry and tried some of my beer in addition to her coffee. She tried some of the cold cuts and cheese. Then she eat all the green decorations which came with it.
We did not co to the memorial place of the concentration camp but I added some information and pictures which i collected. I believe we have to stay to our past even when it is not pleasant. I hope other nations will do the same.
Das Lager 1945 - many thanks to "Eqdoktor" and Wikipedia
As I already committed I did not even know that tiny little Flossenbürg was selected to have a concentration camp.
So I had to do what I recommend check the Internet if you want to learn more about another if these camps where many slave workers lost their lives.
Don't blame the people of Flossenbürg what happened - I don't thinks they had any saying when this decision was made.
Watch the video "KZ Flossenbürg":
Many thanks for some of the pictures to the Tourist Board of Bavaria and involved communities
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