Sunday, June 28, 2009

MyWorld Tuesday: Kriegsklotz

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This is the Kriegerdenkmal near the Dammtor train station in Hamburg. It's a memorial for the 76th Infantry Regiment and was built in 1936. The inscription says "Germany has to live, even if it means we have to die", "Deutschland muss leben, und wenn wir sterben müssen". It's known as the Kriegsklotz, the war brick.

You probably guessed that it's controversial these days. It has been the target of grafitti many times, it was for example painted green and orange (the colours of the goverment parties at that time) in 1999, when the German army was send to the Kosovo as part of NATO troops. Another time the soldiers were given blue helmets with the help of blue plastic bags, as a reference to the UN peacekeeping troops and their blue helmets.
Originally, the Bundeswehr was only meant to take defensive actions inside the borders of Germany. In 1994, keeping the peace in other parts of the world as part of NATO/UN was ruled to be part of that defensive mission by the Federal Constitutional Court, a decision that is still a matter of controversial debate.

14 comments:

Carver said...

That's an interesting memorial and good information about some of the controversy and surrounding issues in present times.

Sylvia K said...

I agree totally with Carver. Great shot! Interesting information -- does reflect those issues and controversies. Different times, same issues.

Babooshka said...

Very interesting and I agree with Carver so informative. Blogging is often the only way many of us get to hear or see what is going on in another country. I am sure the controversy will continue.

SandyCarlson said...

The monument is a part of your country's history. Through it you teach us your history. Thanks for sharing this.

James said...

I like it and would love to take some pictures of it.

Guy D said...

Wow what an intriguing memorial, thanks for sharing.

Have a fantastic week
Guy
Regina In Pictures

J Bar said...

Interesting.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Wren said...

Interesting, and all new to me. I can see how it came to have that name. And controversy and democracy go hand in hand so often.

mkreider said...

Wonderful images on your blog. I especially liked the photos or items from Peru. Keep up the good work.!

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks for the history and the info about the controversy. All the posts for My World are so unusual and interesting all around the globe.

Mar said...

I was last in Dammtor a month ago... Great picture of the memorial and clever post.
Mar

Reader Wil said...

It's like Carver says an interesting monument and certainly the subject of many discussions as it was erected at a time that Hitler was lord and master in Germany. The Germany I know now is quite different from the country it was then. Thanks to God! Your plants are coming up. At least I hope they are yours! As soon as they are in bloom I'll send you a photo. Thanks for sharing!

Arija said...

No wonder that relics of the Third Reich still engender controversy.
Were it a memorial to the fallen, attitudes may be different, but a stone to the prevailing of nationalism is a little different.

fishing guy said...

Jennifer: It certainly is a wonder that this still exists. Thanks fo sharing it.