Friedhof Am Wehl Aug 20, 2022 17:49:41 GMT
Post by Charles Traynor on Aug 20, 2022 17:49:41 GMT
It has been a very long time since I last visited any historic sites in my role as RODOH representative to NW Europe. Therefore I know you will all be thrilled to hear I am hitting the road again in search of holocaust related places to report on.
I doubt many reading this topic for the first time will have ever heard of Friedhof Am Wehl. This place is important because it is the current resting place of persons classified as war criminals who were executed and buried in unhallowed ground inside the walls of Hameln prison by the British in the immediate post war period. A few notables amongst them are Hauptsturmführer Josef Kramer, Dr. Fritz Klein, Irma Grese, Elisabeth Volkenrath and Juana Bormann.
In 1950, the British handed the prison over to the Germans and in 1954 the German authorities began exhuming the bodies from the prison yard and transporting them to Am Wehl for reburial. Although these poor souls are at long last resting in hallowed ground their graves are currently unmarked and have been allowed to become overgrown in an attempt to erase their memory from history. I first visited this site four years ago not long after Stadt Hameln had created a memorial for insurgents, traitors and other enemies of Germany who had died in Hameln prison during WWII. I remember the memorial of giant nails was actually designed by a schoolgirl. It was one of those propaganda exercises where German children are taught how horrible Germans are and multiple schools had a competition for children to design a memorial to their forebear’s inherent evil. Unfortunately I cannot currently find a link to that webpage right now.
I apologize in advance if the picture quality is not the best but I did not want to wonder around a cemetery with my Cannon DSLR looking like a member of the paparazzi. I have now taken care of that gap in my capability and any further missions should include better quality pictures where discretion is needed. In fact all my cameras both still and movie have been upgraded since my last field reports.
A couple of photographs from 2018 showing the memorial to the enemies of Germany. This place is signposted and there are plaques buried in the ground (obscured by snow) of those who were executed by the NS government at Hameln prison during the war. Behind those little evergreens is where the German patriots are buried without any form of marker. In the photographs I took this year you will see how those unmarked graves have been deliberately neglected by the authorities.
More to follow.