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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Open House at Camp King Oberursel, May 2015

For anyone interested in history, the Historical Society of Camp King in Oberursel is hosting an Open House to coincide with the observance of Germany’s unconditional surrender 70 years ago.

The Open House features:  archival information; film clips; traces of escape tunnels; tours; opportunities to speak with contemporary witnesses.

10 May 2015, from 10:00 – 17:00

Camp King Open House May 2015

Translation:

“We, the undersigned parties, empowered by and in the name of the high command of the German Armed Forces, do hereby declare unconditional surrender…”

Signed in Berlin on 8 May 1945

The Mountain Lodge is still under renovation. The photo was taken on 5 April 2015.

Mountain Lodge Oberursel April 2015

Mountain Lodge Oberursel April 2015

 

Open Memorial Day at Camp King, Oberursel

As part of the European Heritage Days [1](established in 1993), some memorial facilities on Camp King are open to the public in Germany on 14 September 2014 from 10am – 5pm.

This is organized by our historian, Mr Manfred Kopp, and other members of the Historical Society. Admission is free and there will be an exhibit, a guided tour,  video presentations,  surviving witnesses, as well as time to socialize and mingle.

Everybody is invited.

Open House Camp King Oberursel

 

[1] European Heritage Days:  Tag des Offenen Denkmals (in German)