Remembrance and commemoration in wendeburg

Remembrance and commemoration in wendeburg

It's coming up again, Memorial Day, on Sunday, 17. November. Community curator Rolf Ahlers takes it as an opportunity to explain the difference between a war memorial and a memorial of honor. Both types exist in the municipality of Wendeburg. "Monuments are reminders, are memorials, erected by people to remind others, to remind posterity continuously," Ahlers explains in principle.

Wreaths are laid at the memorials on Remembrance Day after words in memory of the war dead and victims of tyranny of all nations. At the war memorials, as for example the war memorial of 1870/71 at the Neue Strabe in the local part Wendezelle, such does not happen. The obelisk set up there serves, according to the inscription, exclusively the historical memory.

"Those were different times back then," emphasizes Ahlers. "And so also the glorifying words of the inscription are to be aligned according to the views prevailing at that time and to be measured with the associated scales."

"The war memorial was once donated by Christian Meier," explains Ahlers. It was presumably inaugurated in the fall of 1907. Previously, the municipal council had decided that the cost of the foundation and fence should be paid from the municipal treasury. Christian Meier had wanted to "commemorate the glorious war of 1870/71" with the monument, explains Ahlers. In Germany, such war memorials have been erected in many places to commemorate war veterans of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71.

On the Wendezell obelisk the names of the war participants are listed. In front of the names are the lines: "To the holy war with the old enemy. To the glorious victory. United with the brothers. Left home and father's house."The soldiers, named after "Captain Liebing," were stationed in Blankenburg/Harz to guard French prisoners of war.

In addition to the information in the chronicle "Wendezelle 1380 – 1980", which he wrote, Ahlers recorded the inscriptions of all monuments in the municipality of Wendeburg in 1986, took photos of the monuments and documented them. They can be found on the Internet on the Wikipedia page "Wendeburg" under "Weblinks".

Background: The Volkstrauertag was proposed in 1919 by the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge as a day of remembrance for the fallen German soldiers of the First World War. In 1922, the first hour of commemoration took place in the Reichstag. Since 1952, Volkstrauertag has been celebrated two Sundays before the first Sunday of Advent.