Exploring the Rotten Side of Germany

You might say I'm a collector. I collect rare objects. Facts, stories...I travel the roads of Germany seeking its heart.


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“Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost.” (Erol Ozan)


Soviet War Memorial | Sowjetisches Relief Dannenwalde | Hyundai Kona
Soviet War Memorial in the German State of Brandenburg

"The last photo of our car parked in front of a bunker inspired me to take another shot of it during our last vacation. Luckily, there wasn't too much trash and rocks lying around in front of the memorial, so I could park the car neatly in front of it☺️

These Soviet memorials are really interesting to me, because on the one side, they are a monument of the occupation of Eastern Germany and on the other hand, they are memorials of a terrible war - seen from a different perspective. History is always written by the victors - which in this case were the Soviets."




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Castle G.

Abandoned castle in Germany | Verlassenes Herrenhaus in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

This castle was originally built towards the middle of the 19th century on the premises of an estate that dats back to the 12th century.

Over the centuries, there were frequent changes of ownership of the estate - at one point, there were even four owners quarreling over control.

In the early 1800s, the owner at the time, revived the local glass foundry and also built a brick factory. After his death, the estate went bankrupt and was purchesed in an auction by a regional accounting official. He had the castle built by the state's chief architect.....(more)

Villa "Roadside"

Abandoned Villa in Mecklenburg, Germany | Verlassene Villa in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

There is no historical information about this abandoned villa in the northeastern part of Germany. There is little to no decay, but it has been abandoned at least since 2013.

The age of the house can only be guessed - it may be older and was renovated sometime after the German reunification - or it may have been built right after the reunification.

There is a second smaller building next to the house itself. If the property is in fact older, it may have been a barn or shed that has been refurbished as a small apartment.......(more)



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Tour Report: Soviet Officers' Casino R.

Published 2020-01-05

Officers' Casino of the Soviet Army  | Offizierskasino der GSSD Rechlin

The first day of our tour had been successful. Together with our friends Torsten (North Urbex) and Freddy (Nordgriller Urbex) we had explored a command bunker of the East German Army (NVA), and we had discovered the remains of an anti-aircraft shooting-range.

Torsten had to part ways with us after the second location, because he had to be on standby for his job the next day and therefore couldn't continue touring with us. Freddy and us had planned to spend the night at our favorite "Urbex Hotel Petra" - a dear friend who lives in the area and loves to have us around for a couple of drinks ;) Said....(more)


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Silcher Monument in Tübingen, Germany (Wed, 22 Jan 2020)
This monument, dedicated to a local composer, can be found on the Neckarinsel, a man-made island in the Neckar River in Tübingen. Unlike most public artworks that were erected during the Nazi period, this statue was not destroyed after World War II. It is one of the last pieces of Nazi-commissioned art that remains in Germany, and now, local activists and artists are reclaiming it in an effort to educate visitors about how fascist regimes often appropriate the arts to spread their ideologies. Friedrich Silcher was a German composer best known for his folk music. Born in 1789, he spent the majority of his life in Swabia, a region in southwestern Germany. His musical career reached its zenith in Tübingen, where he served as the musical director at the local university. There, Silcher devoted his research to the development of choir singing techniques. Silcher also edited several song books, which were targeted to different audiences such as student fraternities, church choirs, and soldiers. Silcher’s best-known folk song might be "Muss i' denn zum Städtele hinaus," which would serve as the basis for Elvis Presley’s song “Wooden Heart” many years later. Silcher set classical patriotic poems to music, and some of his compositions were later appropriated by social and political movements. Nazi authorities especially appreciated Silcher’s Soldatenlieder, or soldier’s songs, a genre that usually combines snappy marching rhythms with war-themed lyrics.  During the Nazi era, the practice of choir singing was exploited as a method to manipulate the masses through collective activities. Folk songs by Silcher and other composers were heavily promoted, and included in the songbook German soldiers carried in their backpacks during the war. In 1939, the Nazi official Hans Rauschnabel aimed to honor Silcher by erecting a stately monument to the composer in the heart of Tübingen. But the plan was only partially realized: apart from a cornerstone ceremony in 1939, it was never officially inaugurated. It took two years to sculpt the monument, which consists of an oddly proportioned likeness of Silcher alongside several other figures, who seem to be growing out of his back: a couple kissing, a soldier, and a naked, heavily armed child. The monument had not even been up for a month before the awkward piece of kitsch fell victim to a group of cadets who managed to graffiti the statue with funny faces. Between the cleaning and the ongoing international conflict, the monument was never formally inaugurated before the war ended. Since the end of World War II, the statue has provoked several waves of criticism. So far, efforts to remove the monument have been unsuccessful, but locals did not want to leave it without any commentary. In 2012, a plaque was added to provide historical context. In January 2020, citizens of Tübingen, along with members of the Zurich-based art and activism collective New Urgency, rededicated the monument as a “memorial against the capture of the arts by racist and nationalist forces." At the rededication ceremony, three of Silcher's songs were sung, with lyrics adapted to fit the anti-fascist occasion.
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