Snow over Camp King Oberursel, Germany

Our first snowfall has arrived early this morning, and these are the views from our kitchen window.

This view is in the direction of the Mountain Lodge.

This is the view in the direction of Hohemarkstrasse and the main gate.

These rows of townhouses all look the same when covered in snow.

Ten Years of Research on Camp King Oberursel

Back in January 2007, Graham Tappenden from AllThingsGerman asked me to do a podcast with him about the history of Camp King. At that time, I had no idea what else was there to come.

Camp King Oberursel – aerial view

Through the podcast, we stirred more interest in the topic, which caused me to do a bit more research. Since then, I have been blogging about the end of the former Camp King post and its morphing into a German settlement.

We’ve had visiting authors, such as Annie Jacobsen (author of Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America), and other visitors from the U.S. tracing their fathers’ WW II time in Oberursel. We have hosted ‘Open House’ events and tours through Camp King.

In 2012, I posted my first video about Camp King Oberursel on YouTube. The Candy Bomber came for a visit in 2013, and much more.

I’ve seen former military personnel searching for loved ones left behind, and looking for bars they used to go to. Others inquired about the goat farm, and whether the bakery on Hohemarkstraße is still there, etc. Through the readers’ questions I’ve learned much more about the history, and I hope to keep sharing it with you.

Somewhere down the line, I became  a member of the Camp King research group.

This blog is having its 11-year anniversary on 6 December 2017.

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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.

 

POW Descendants Visit Camp King, Oberursel, Germany

As a member of the Camp King Historical Society, I occasionally write about the latest news, events, tours, etc.

That’s how Judy, a blog reader, found me and asked to enlist my help in getting a tour of the Camp King and the Klinik Hohemark from our historians, Mr. Kopp and Ms. Struck.

This is what Judy had to say:

My father was an American POW and spent time in the Hohe Mark hospital and Dulag Luft (later known as Camp King).  My son and I will be in the area touring sites connected to my father’s war experiences.

We leave for Koblenz right after our morning tour in Oberursel… and we are visiting a couple of different towns where my father’s plane crashed and where his crew member was buried.

Mr. Kopp, Judy and son Will, in the center, and Ms. Struck

The tour given by Mr. Kopp and Ms. Struck was a success, and later on I was able to catch up with our visitors as well.

Kuranstalt Hohe Mark, Oberursel

Hauptgebäude: main building

Kuranstalt: convalescent home

Based on my knowledge, this card dates back to about the 1930s.