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Sonnwendplatz Nazi-Ordensburg Vogelsang

Sonnwendplatz Nazi-Ordensburg Vogelsang

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    Imposing and worth seeing 6 m high wall block with torch bearer and fire bowl at Sonnwendplatz. A well-made display board explains the story of the sculpture of an Aryan "mastermind". The inscription on the relief plate is no longer complete, it read: "You are the torchbearers of the nation. You carry the light of the spirit forward in the fight for Adolf Hitler".

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    • May 2, 2022

  • The high relief "The Torch Bearer" was designed by the Cologne sculptor Willy Meller and built between 1938 and 1939.
    Meller's relief is one of many larger-than-life sculptures from the Third Reich, in which system-compliant artists created the racist master-human ideal of National Socialism. Source: information board

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    • December 13, 2020

  • The torchbearer at Thing-Platz (also called Sonnwendplatz) is a 5 m high, martial, muscular figure of the Aryan "master man" to be bred according to the Nazi ideology. The inscription on the relief plate read: “You are the nation's torchbearers. You carry the light of the spirit forward in the fight for Adolf Hitler ”.

    Open-air theaters that were built between 1933 and 1936 for the things games as part of the “Thing Movement” under National Socialism and later also used for political rallies are called Thing places or Thing places.

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    • November 19, 2017

  • A memorial of German history: training center for the offspring of the Nazi cadre

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    • November 10, 2019

  • Always impressive, the guides are very interesting.

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    • November 11, 2019

  • The torchbearer monument stands on the edge of the Sonnenwendplatz on the Vogelsang Ordensburg. The inscription, some of which can still be seen (see information board), illustrates the ideology of a dark period.

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    • May 21, 2020

  • Great and interesting NS exhibition. Definitely worth a visit.

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    • December 29, 2019

  • In this still image, the hair on the back of the neck straightens up. It's a bit hidden to the right of the path.

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    • September 1, 2020

  • Impressive statue just before descending to the bridge.

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    • May 3, 2021

  • What else is there to say?

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    • April 8, 2022

  • Very interesting you have to see it.

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    • May 5, 2022

  • Mystic place, if you walk around like this. Really great view over the dams you have. 👍

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    • May 22, 2018

  • Sad chapter of the past

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    • October 4, 2019

  • The torchbearer monument stands on the edge of the Sonnenwendplatz on the Vogelsang Ordensburg. The inscription, some of which can still be seen (see information board), illustrates the ideology of a dark period.

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    • May 21, 2020

  • Part of the Ordensburg Vogelsang:
    A place of history that over the years has become a place for international encounters.
    The permanent exhibition “Destiny: Master Man” is extremely interesting and provides a great deal of information that we have not yet found in this form.

    Further information:
    vogelsang-ip.de/de/startseite.html

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    • June 19, 2020

  • Imposing buildings in the middle of the national park, from a dark time of German history.

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    • March 17, 2021

  • The torchbearer of the NS, the dark German history.

    Nice point to remind people of the interests of human rights and international cooperation.

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    • May 29, 2021

  • I find not only the solstice square impressive but also the pictures in front of the guard on the buildings.

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    • September 24, 2022

  • Visit in any case during the week or as a walk from the parking Kermeter.

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    • November 4, 2017

  • The NS-Ordensburg Vogelsang is a building complex built by the National Socialists in the Eifel above the Urfttalsperre on the Erpenscheid mountain near Schleiden-Gemünd in North Rhine-Westphalia. In contrast to the SS Junker School and the Reichsfuhrer School, the facility served the NSDAP between 1936 and 1939 as a training facility for the offspring of the NSDAP leadership cadre. The listed part of the buildings has a gross floor area of more than 50,000 square meters and, after the party congress buildings in Nuremberg, with almost 100 hectares of built-up area, is considered the largest structural legacy of National Socialism in Germany.

    After the Second World War, the complex was taken over by the British armed forces, who set up the military training area on 6,354 hectares in the surrounding area. From 1950 to the end of 2005 the infrastructure was taken over by Belgian military forces, who set up a barracks there under the name “Camp Vogelsang” and used and managed this and the military training area until 2005.
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    In and around Vogelsang Castle there are various independent, but also guided tours.
    E.g. the permanent exhibitions "Destiny: Herrenmensch. NS-Ordensburgen between fascination and crime" and the "National Park Eifel" are highly recommended.
    Further information and opening times at: vogelsang-ip.de

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    • January 22, 2018

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Location: Schleiden, Euskirchen, Cologne District, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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