The Ordensburg Vogelsang

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I wish you a wonderful Sunday!

Well, here’s the second entry about my excursion with Oolaexai to Wollseifen and Vogelsang.

Despite the cold we decided to visit the Ordensburg Vogelsang. We didn’t know that we wouldn’t have the opportunity to visit everything, because of the building site right in the middle of everything.
I was so very disappointed. I’m the kind of person who has to open every single door and has to look behind every window and see every room. Closed doors are just unfair.

If you’re really interested in the Ordensburg Vogelsang you can of course find many informations at wikipedia. I used it myself because I’m no expert in history. Most informations in this entry are from the information boards at Vogelsang itself. That made it much more easier to understand what we were seeing the time we were there 😉

Like I already mentioned: Vogelsang is a former National Socialist estate place. It was used between 1936-1939 to educate future leaders. They planned it really big, but due to the outbreak of war the construction halted. Originally they wanted to build 60 houses for families as a seperate settlement, including a school, a kindergarden and a cemetery.
12 buildings were already built but destroyed during war.
Since 1946 it was used by the belgian military. Again for the soldiers and for targeting practice. Sometimes I asked myself what it is with all these targeting practices and why they have to destroy so much. It’s still sad, because I would like to get a feeling how they lived, what they were thinking and how their world looked like.

Because of the building site we couldn’t see everything, but the „Kameradschafthauser“ were easy to spot. I think it’s comradeship-houses in english…
They are long big houses, with two floors and space for 50 people. At the ground floor were the sanitary facilities and the common room.
Of course we couldn’t go inside the buildings.

After the war they were rebuild and used as barracks from the belgian military. Therefore it wouldn’t feel right. On the other side is the miliatry now part of the history of Vogelsang too. So it would feel right. 😉

It got colder and we didn’t wanted to stay any longer. Even if it would mean that we couldn’t see everything from now on, we really wanted to go home. We decided to come back as soon as the building site would be gone. And perhaps we would even be part of a guided tour.
But of course we had to see the „Fackelträger“ (torch bearer), a sculpture at the Solstice place.
You can see a 6 metres high stone block with the torch bearer at the front. It was created by Willy Meller.
The inscription: „You are the torch bearers of the Nation. You carry on the light of the spirit in the fight for Adolf Hitler.
Adolf Hitler is unreadable.
I felt small besides this Statue. And even if I don’t think it’s beautiful, the surroundings for sure are. They had a great feeling for the right place to live and if there would be a settlement and you could live there it would be nice. Without National Socialists…

Then I saw something moving between the branches of the tree besides the torch bearer. I never thought I would ever see it: a goldcrest, Regulus regulus. It’s the smallest bird you can find in europe, I never heard him singing and to be true: I didn’t even saw it at Vogelsang. I only saw a very small bird and tried to take a picture of it as good as I could without really seeing it. 😉
Even on these pictures you can’t see it properly, because he was just a little bit too active between the branches.
But back home, after a few minutes searching, I found him and was so very happy!
Most people can’t hear the singing oft he goldcrest, because it’s on a very high frequence. I didn’t hear it either.
They are nesting in coniferous forests. These little birds are very active and it’s hard to take a picture of them, because they seem to never stand still for even a moment!
The nestlings live up to 22 days in the nest. That’s longer than usually the most other birds need.
The nest are in the shape of a semicircle and in disguise between the branches.

We continued to walk the snowy ways just a little bit faster than before. We had a goal in mind: the house of female employees or the informary.
The house should be the home for all the female employees who didn’t live in this region.
One year after finishing this building the german labour front established an infirmary with a doctor and nursing staff in this building. 1941 it was changed into a common hospital with 32 beds for the patients.
Since 1942 they also had a maternity ward, mostly for all the women who came from the big cities, which were in danger of the bombing raid. This lead to the rumor, that Vogelsang had a branch of the SS union „Lebensborn e.V., to „breed“ „arian“ offspring.
The main wing is daubed and painted and looks more modern.
The belgian military used this building, which they called „Redoute“ as living quarters for the officers.

After that we grew impatient, because it was cold and we wanted to go home. I still had my gloves with the holes in it and it wasn’t nice to take pictures with them.
Besides that I wanted to go really badly in one oft he buildings and tried to open every door. Every. Without success.
There were men at the construction site, otherwise I would’ve gone even there and tried to open every door at this place too.
This was the last thing we saw before we returned home again:
The courtyard with the water tower.

Perhaps we’ll visit the other places at Vogelsang another day again. This day we just gave up.
This place should be finished and open again some time this year.
Vogelsang Besucherzentrum
But I’m not sure how it’ll be. I read that they are planning to let refugees live in the old buildings. They are renewing the electricity.
Flüchtlinge in Vogelsang
They are far away from the next big city, the bus doesn’t come very often, but they are nevertheless living in a nice place. Although I’m really not sure if that’s important for them. But it’s better than a gymnasium, right…?

I wish you a nice day! 🙂

Bezzel, Dr. Einhard, Das BLV Handbuch Vögel, BLV Buchverlag GmbH & Co.KG, München, 2013
Wikipedia: Ordensburg Vogelsang deutsch
Wikipedia: Ordensburg Vogelsang english

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