A Stroll Through Oberursel Old Town

The historical part of town of Oberursel is usually referred to as the Altstadt by Germans. We had another out-of-town visitor, and a trip to the Biergarten included walking back to the parking area An der Bleiche (At the Bleaching Grounds). In the old days, women washed and sun bleached the sheets right there.

St. Ursula Church

 

The Witches Path, Oberursel

It’s an old tradition around here that when a baby is born, the family hangs out baby clothing to announce its arrival.

 

 

Old and new can stand very close together.

We have arrived at our destination:  the parking lot An der Bleiche.

This fountain woman represents the women from long ago, who used to bring their laundry to this area – the washing and bleaching got done here.

Rolls Royce Factory Museum in Oberursel

A friend of mine inquired about the Rolls Royce Museum in Oberursel, and because of my last post dating back to 2015, I checked for any changes to their days and times of operation.

Update Feb 2019: The Rolls-Royce-Museum is open every last Friday of the month from 3pm – 6pm (free of charge), and special arrangements can be made for groups (then there is a small fee of € 2,50 per person).

For more information in German, visit: Rolls Royce Werksmuseum

I had taken this photo on a flight to London a couple of years ago. I looked out of the window and had the Rolls Royce logo right in front of me (we live in Oberursel).

A bit of trivia:

  • Worldwide, Rolls Royce is the oldest air plane engine factory still running.
  • The most expensive single part sold online was for a Gulfstream V Jet with a Rolls Royce engine. This was purchased by an American for 40 million US Dollar in 1999.
  • The U.S. Army (Motor Pool) used the factory for eleven years after the end of WWII.

Memorial For the Local Oberursel Victims of Nazi Germany

The Memorial, located behind the Hospital Church in Oberursel, is the place of remembrance for the victims of the German Nazi regime. In 2007, the project was started with the center block and the first figure.

In May 2018, the memorial was completed with the addition of two extra sculptures, the name board, and benches.

To me, this memorial is a symbol of tranquillity and reflection, and it represents the time of terror, horror, and atrocities by the Nazi regime.

Memorial for the victims of the Nazi Germany

 

 

I remember my father (born 1922) telling me a story, one of denunciation among village farmers.

A farmer in the village of Maibach (northern Bavaria) informed the SS of a neighbor’s unlawful listening to the enemy radio station. This claim was not true, and only said, because he was envious of his neighbor’s properties.

The SS came to pick up that wrongly accused neighbor, and he was never seen again.

Memorial Service: 80 Years After the November Pogrome

Invitation to a district-wide memorial service to observe the 80th anniversary of the pogroms of November 1938

On Friday, 9 November 2018, in front of city hall in Oberursel (Taunus), a service will be held to memorialize the Jewish population of the Hochtaunus who were victims of the pogroms of November 1938.

14:00 General information about the memorial activities for Jewish victims of Nazi persecution in the Hochtaunus

14:30 Beginning of the Hour of Remembrance

15:30 Walk to the monument dedicated to the Jewish residents of Oberursel who were victims of National Socialism

16:00 End of service

If you plan to attend, then sign up with one of the contacts listed below .

  • kultur@hochtaunuskreis.de
  • Tel: 06172 – 999 4610
  • Fax: 06172 – 999 9811

This is organized by the Gesellschaft für Christlich-Jüdische Zusammenarbeit Hochtaunus e.V. (GCJZ Hochtaunus) in cooperation with the Hochtaunuskreis.

How the Rosengaertchen in Oberursel got its Name

When we still got letters by regular post, friends sometimes commented on the beautiful street name: Im Rosengärtchen (lit: In the Little Rose Garden).

If they did come for a visit, they were a bit surprised to see this high-rise settlement. Well, we do have some roses climbing up on the side of our building.

I started asking around who might have been in charge to name a big part of this area ‘Im Rosengärtchen’.

Our local historian, Manfred Kopp, had the answer:

In the 16th century, the ‘register of arable land’ had named this area ‘In the Rose Garden’.

In 1972 (at the time of construction), the diminutive form was added, hence ‘In the Little Rose Garden’.

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