The ‘Goat Farm’ on Camp King, Oberursel

There has never been a ‘goat farm’ on Camp King in Oberursel, hence the quotation marks. The U.S. soldiers stationed there liked to refer to this piece of land, with just one mean goat, as the ‘goat farm’.

One of my readers, a former soldier stationed there from 1966 to 1968, wanted to know what happened to the goat farm. I asked someone who would know, our historian Manfred Kopp, and this is what he had to say.

There has never been a goat farm.

The School of Agriculture (Siedlungshof) hosted a big array of chickens, rabbits and some sheep. On the sheep meadow, right next to the prison camp, the POW prisoners were allowed to do sports, especially soccer. The meadow was not secured by barbwire, unlike the camp itself.

On this meadow, there was a small hutch with a goat,  notorious for its aggression towards the prisoners. One incident made this goat especially famous. When one group of prisoners  were able to escape on Pentecost 1941, one of the guys, Roger Bushell, was able to hide in the same hutch under the straw and muck, and got a head start by several hours. He escaped several hours before the rest of the group, and was able to head south.

The same goat was also featured in Thomas Killper’s art work next to the Kinderhaus (formerly Kommandur Haus). Look for #20 to see the goat and its hutch on the map.

This is a close-up of the actual art work. With this, the goat has become eternalized.

The location of this meadow with hutch can be found on the map, listed in the article ‘Flieger ohne Flügel’ (reprint S. 262). Number 7 on the map lists the ‘Sportplatz’ (sports field).

Today, the so-called goat farm is still green. It is part of the Camp-King Park, on the corner of Camp King Allee and Elvis-Presley-Weg. The park itself is almost 10 acres in size.

Corner of Camp King Allee and Elvis-Presley-Weg, entrance to the park

Camp-King Park in Oberursel

One feisty goat was enough to leave this little story behind.

Camp King Oberursel Memorabilia

While doing some research on Camp King Oberursel, I ended up on eBay. I was quite pleased to find something interesting, especially something I had not even been looking for.

cognac snifter Mountain Lodge, Oberursel

Back in 1990, this cognac glass, was given to Nicole Horn, then the reigning Brunnenkönigin (Fountain Queen) of Oberursel, by the Camp King post commander.

She sold it to me yesterday. Now I’m the lucky owner. It is made of very sturdy crystal with a hand-cut design.

 

Quote of the Day

Be proud of your pain, for you are stronger than those with none. – Lois Lowry

It’s a rare occasion for me to have actually met the author of a published quote. In this case, I have. Lois Lowry came as a guest speaker to Frankfurt International School (FIS) many years ago. At that time, we had a chance to talk – about both of our years spent in Japan (hers as a military child and mine much later as a young wife), and how she lost a son on military duty in Germany. Her son, a USAF major, was killed in the crash of his fighter plane in 1995.

This quote immediately brought her loss to mind.

More on that fateful day, 30 May, 1995, in the article Placing Blame at any Cost by Mark Thompson: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,135113,00.html

Her book, The Giver, for which she received the Newbery Medal, can be found here (for learners of English at B1 language proficiency level):

German Term for the Day: Logopädische Praxis

I’m having fun with this ad by a speech therapy clinic right here in Oberursel. At first, the wrong spelling of Praxis (clinic) got me off track. Then I noticed the spelling for Logopädisch (logopedics) having gone wrong too.

I’m just glad they work on speech correction. They would never win a spelling bee* contest.

Guided Tour: Tracing Jewish Life in Oberursel

On Sunday, 20 August 2017, the historian Angelika Rieber once again offers the tour Tracing Jewish life in Oberursel.
In the 90-minute tour around town, Ms. Rieber talks about the history of the Jewish community and  some local Jewish families.

On 19 October 1941, deportations of Jews from Frankfurt began. Within a year, more than 10,000 people were deported and murdered in the extermination camps. Numerous Oberursel residents of Jewish origin did not live to see the end of the Nazi regime and the Second World War.

The city tour is about the integration of Jewish neighbors into the town life, as well as the discrimination and persecution during the Nazi era.

The city tour goes from 2.30 – 4 pm and starts at the St. Ursula-Brunnen in the market square. The touring fee is three euros per person.