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.

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.

Oberursel, Fountain Queen, and Market Square

Sitting there at the ‘Marktweib’ Restaurant, I caught a glimpse of this year’s Fountain Queen (Brunnenkönigin), Ann-Kathrin I, along with the Brunnenmeister, Rainer. For a better image of her, click here: http://www.vereinsring-oberursel.de/html/brunnenkoenigin.html

2017 Oberursel Fountain Queen and King

Market Square in Oberursel

View onto St. Ursula Church and a couple of restaurants with outdoor seating. A few minutes after having taken this photo, I was sitting there myself with a beer in hand.

In the Altstadt, you can still find a mounting block for horses in front of someone’s door. Those were the days of real horse power.

Oberursel has its charms, and we still discover interesting nooks and corners after having lived here for 22 years.

Oberursel and St. Ursula Belfry Viewing

The tower of St.Ursula’s Church in Oberursel will be open to the public on 01 July 2017 (Sat) between 15:00 – 17:00.

The tour includes a visit to the belfry and the roof where you get a wonderful view across  town.

St. Ursula Kirchturm in Oberursel

Entry costs €1.50 for adults and €1.00 for children. Some snacks will be served as well.

This tour takes place every month on the first Saturday between the months of May and October. Additional tours, ranging from Monday to Friday, can be arranged.

St. Ursula-Gasse
61440 Oberursel (Taunus)
Contact Mr. Wilfried Abt at (0 61 71) 55 05 0

On the same day, a tour of the Altstadt is offered as well. This tour starts in front of the Vortaunusmuseum at the Marktplatz at 14:00 and costs €3 per person.

Life at the Motor Pool Oberursel, Germany, in the 1950s

Jack Stites, a former U.S. Army soldier and now a retired police officer, was stationed in Oberursel at the Motorenfabrik (Motor Pool) from January 1954 to January 1955. Here are some more photos he shared with me.

The guys at work

Shaving cream fight

Vehicles parked near the Urselbach Creek

A description of a wrecker

In front of the Motor Pool Oberursel, with men working underneath the vehicle