Tour of Camp King Oberursel on YouTube

We took our walk through the former military post Camp King in Oberursel this past Sunday.

In part 1, Mr. Kopp and I talked about the Kinderhaus, the oldest building on the grounds and now housing the archive, as well as the King Memorial Site.

In part 2, we covered the past and future of both the Mountain Lodge and the chapel.

The former Officers' Club at Camp King Oberursel

The former Officers’ Club at Camp King Oberursel

I’ve just noticed… the big tree on the right is no longer there. It had to go to make room for the coming extensions of the building.

A Film Walk through Camp King Oberursel

Several months ago, between fighting a cold and packing for a short trip to Mallorca, I took an impromptu walk through the former US military Camp King, Oberursel.

Our teenage daughter got to experiment with her new camera in filming this short walk around the former military post. We had to do a lot of editing as many scenes showed my back only instead of the more interesting changes around the area.

This was my first time on film as well, and I learned it is quite a challenge to talk informatively to an imaginary audience.

For a better and more informative version, I have invited Mr. Kopp, our Camp King Historian, to join me on the next walk this coming Sunday, 14. April 2013.

The following questions have been contributed by a former soldier, stationed at Camp King in the mid-70s. Thanks Mr. F.!

Does Mr. Kopp have a website for his archives of Camp King history?

Have they decided what to do with the Mountain Lodge building (Officers Club) up on the hill?

Is the Chapel still holding services?

Our son, on break here with us from the University of Nottingham, will take over the filming and hopefully the editing, too.

For anyone interested in what Camp King, Oberursel, looks like today (filmed in November 2012), visit CampKingOberursel on YouTube.

If you have any burning questions concerning Camp King not listed above, please don’t hesitate to share them under comments. Alternatively, feel free to write me an email.

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The English Theatre Frankfurt on youtube

Interested in taking a look behind the stage at the English Theatre? Even though most of the talk is in German, the visual part of seeing the staff at work makes up for this little drawback.

About five years ago, we we were regular behind-the-stage visitors at the English Theatre. Our then 10-year-old had a regular part (three to four times a week) in the musical Cabaret, playing a German boy named Wolfgang.

My husband and I took turns taking our son to the back of the theatre, sitting out the time from beginning to end. We usually ended up reading, doing some small talk,  or watching the actors heading for the dressing room.

Occasionally, we both went to the theatre, with one of us sitting behind the stage – one parent accompanying a minor – and the other one watching the show.

While theatre life is interesting for outsiders, for the staff, it is a lot of hard work and requires good management.

The theatre itself is the biggest English theatre on the continent.

Playing right now: The Fox, based on D.H. Lawrence’s novella, is  about two young English women on an isolated farm who have big plans for freedom, but the sudden arrival of Henry, a young soldier, disrupts their course.

Save 25% on tickets for performances until 08 May 2010!

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