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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“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” - Photo by Jan Bommes

Soviet School for Artillery Officers
Soviet School for Artillery Officers in East Germany

"I'd long wanted to visit this place. For the architecture, for the murals and for the historic importance. This used to be the Nazi's flight school and was taken over by the Soviets after World War II. The Soviets used it for training their artillery officers during the cold war. Most of the surrounding areas are military training grounds."


Ammunition Depot "Brown Star"

Wehrmacht Ammunition Depot "Brown Star"

In the South of an East German city lies this abandoned ammunition depot.
There is no historical information, but the type of bunkers used indicates that it was used by the Wehrmacht.
Toward the South of the depot area is a large military area that was used as well by the Soviet forces as well as The East German army (NVA), so it's safe to assume that either one of them used this depot after the war.
Train tracks are seperating the depot from the military area, and remains can be found by the side of the tracks indicating that the ammunition depot used to have its own railway station....(more)

Special Care Clinic F. [Revisit]

Special Care Clinic in Northern Germany

GALLERY UPDATE: New photos added taken on November 6, 2016.

For well more than ten years, this jewel lies abandoned in the midst of the countryside of Germany's northernmost state.
It was originally built as a publishing house. In later years, it was turned into a hotel with a large restaurant and was last used as a clinic for patients with special needs, such as coma patients or patients with long recoveries after operations.
All foreclosure auctions after the closing in the early 2000s were unsuccessful, but hope aros in 2008, when a foundation as a potential investor submitted plans to use the buildings for a boarding school. ....(more)


Tour Report: Farmhouse Dogwood [DK]

Published 2017-05-25

Abandoned Farmhouse in Denmark

When Pixelcracker, Lost Places in Schleswig-Holstein und Umland and I met up that morning in early July of last year, it was my first tour to Denmark since my wife's family reunion about one year before, and I was happy to have to chance to go for a tour there again.
Since it was only a day's tour, we limited ourselves to some spots in the southern part of the country.
Our first stop was an old farm house. Structurally, it was the classic Danish farmhouse with four sides and a yard in the middle.
The four parts are usually the farmhouse, a barn, stables and a workshop and/or quarters for the farm hands.
We drove by the place a couple of times

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Carousel on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Fri, 26 May 2017)
The carousel in summer months Scores of visitors pass by this iconic carousel every summer as they walk the gravel paths along the National Mall and Air and Space Museum. They may not realize that this rotating children's ride has a history more interesting than its appearance would suggest. The carousel was originally built by the Allen Hershell Company in the 1940s for the Gwynn Oak amusement park near Baltimore. The machine represented something of a technical achievement: the only carousel made with the horses four abreast, all jumping. But that wasn't the only thing unprecedented about the ride. The Gwynn Oak was originally a segregated amusement park that barred non-whites from entry. After a decade of nonviolent protests, the park management finally agreed to desegregation on August 28, 1963, the same day that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.  On that day, 11-month old Sharon Langley became the first African-American child to ride this carousel, along with her father and two white children. Carousel historian Amy Nathan described in the Washington Post how the next day, "amid all the news stories about the March on Washington, there were also stories on Sharon Langley’s merry-go-round ride. Three kids—one black and two white—riding together provided an example of the harmony King spoke about at the march, when he hoped that one day black children and white children would regard each other as “sisters and brothers.” The carousel features brightly painted horses, a few non-moving seats, and one sea dragon. All are welcome to ride, as long as you’re willing to pay the ticket price of $3.50. 
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