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.

Quote of the Day

   If you tell me, it’s an essay. If you show me, it’s a story.

– Barbara Greene –

omamori from Japan

omamori from Japan

Einbahnstrasse is not a German Address

One sure way to learn and remember the word Einbahnstrasse (one-way street) is to read this little joke. I got it out of the German language book PingPong 3.

Verkehrszeichen Einbahnstraße (D) - historisch


Aus einer Zeitungsmeldung:

Tourist suchte sein Auto in der Einbahnstrasse

Köln – Ein japanischer Tourist suchte im Kölner Stadtzentrum verzweifelt nach seinem Auto, das er in der Einbahnstrasse geparkt hatte. Der Mann hatte am vergangenen Wochenende zuerst selbst nach seinem Wagen gesucht. Nach erfolgloser Suche ging er schließlich  zur Polizei. Erwartungsvoll zeigte er den Zettel, auf dem er den Namen der Straße notiert hatte: “Einbahnstraße” stand darauf.

Nachdem der Beamte den Mann über seinen Irrtum aufgeklärt hatte, suchten sie gemeinsam nach dem Wagen und entdeckten ihn schließlich in der Kasionsstraße.

– Ende der Meldung –