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    Buchenwald Memorial

    by hunterV Updated Feb 27, 2014

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    My old picture of 1981, Buchenwald Memorial
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    This memorial is located outside the city, about 10 km to the north-west in the so-called Grrossen Ettersberg.
    This monument was dedicated in 1958 to honor the thousands of people who were the prisoners of this concentration camp.
    There were 250,000 prisoners in Buchenwald during the war, among them 56,000 were murdered here.
    There is also Ernst Thälmann Museum there.
    Ernst Thaelmann was the workers' leader (not the Reich Councellor, regrettably) and he was very much revered by the German Communist government and by the Soviet Communists. There was and still is a street called after Ernst Thälmann almost in each Ukrainian and Russian city.
    There is an inscription at the entrance to the museum. It reads,

    Eternal glory to the great son of the German people, the leader of the German working class, Ernst Thälmann who was murdered at this place by fascists on August 18, 1944

    It was very impressive to see.
    We, a group of Soviet students who studied German in this province for a month and had a weekend tour, followed the program of stay and, of course, for the sake of our Communist upbringing, we were taken to the place of former Buchenwald concentration camp that was a museum then.
    I took this picture when our group was approaching the memorial.

    You can see the famous gate with the inscription that the Nazis took as their motto, To each his own

    It was very impressive to feel all the tragedy that took place here during the war.
    You feel very sad how people all over the world could have allowed such atrocities and inhumane policies...
    You can see sculptural composition depicting the dying prisoners of the concentration camp. . The Roman figures MCMXLV (1945) are on the upper part of the tower.
    The sculpture was made by F.Cremer.
    The expressions of the prisoners' faces are different, but the idea is expressed in the old Soviet after-war slogan,
    Nobody is forgotten, nothing is forgotten!

    Its another version reads, We won't forget, we won't forgive!!

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    University for Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar

    by lonestar_philomath Written Aug 2, 2007

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    The University for Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar is located in the Platz der Demokratie. This building house music theory, orchestra academy, and master courses. The university holds international music competitions for young artists in piano, violin, and chamber music. It is affiliated with over 40 partner universities in 18 countries.

    Postal address
    P.o. box 25 52
    99406 Weimar

    House address
    Place of the democracy 2 | 3
    99423 Weimar
    Tel. +49 (0) 3643 | 555 0

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    Weimar's wisdom

    by King_Golo Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    Weimar's wisdom

    Many of Weimar's houses have some quotation painted at their walls. Here's one that I found particularly wise and interesting:

    "Wenn Sie das Leben kennen, geben Sie mir doch bitte seine Anschrift!" (Jules Renard)

    --> "If you know life, please give me its address" (Jules Renard)

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    Hier wohnte Franz von Dingelstedt

    by lonestar_philomath Written Jun 21, 2007

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    An important German literary giant and playwright . Among his other works are an autobiographical sketch of his Munich career, entitled Münchener Bilderbogen (1879), Die Amazone, an art novel of considerable merit (1869), translations of several of Shakespeare's comedies, and several writings dealing with questions of practical dramaturgy.

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    Stadtkirche St. Peter und Paul

    by lonestar_philomath Updated Jun 21, 2007

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    Herderplatz 8, Weimar
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    Also known as the Herderkirche because of its proximity to the Markt (market square), this German baroque church was built between 1498-1500. The Herderkirche is the most important church historically in Weimar.

    The church lies in the oldest part of town. A section of the church dates from 1250, and the square, predating the Markt, was the center of Weimar activity during the Middle Ages. Johann Gottfried Herder, philosopher and theologian served as pastor at this Lutheran church from 1744-1809 and his statue stands near the main entrance. Above the alter is the Redemption painting started by Lucas Cranach and completed by his son in 1555. To the left of the altar are two royal tombs. Johann Sebastian Bach was the organist between 1708-1717.

    Entrance is free, open Mon-Fri 10:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 15:00.

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    Goethe-Institut, Weimar office

    by lonestar_philomath Written Jun 20, 2007

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    The Goethe-Institut was founded in 1951 as the successor to the German Academy (Deutsche Akademie, DA). The primary purpose of the Goethe-Institut is teaching German as a second language. The Goethe-Institut consists of a network of 142 Institutes in 81 countries.

    Ackerwand 25-27
    D-99425 Weimar, Germany
    weimar@goethe.de

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    Grand Duke Carl August Statue

    by lonestar_philomath Written Jun 20, 2007

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    Located in the Platz der Demokratie. The statue was started at the 100th anniversary of his birth and took 18 years to complete. Carl August encouraged popular culture and science during his reign and beginning the development of cosmopolitan Weimar.

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    Alexander Puschkin Statue

    by lonestar_philomath Written Jun 20, 2007

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    Alexander Puschkin, 1799-1837

    Where else better to put a statue of a poet than in the town of Weimar. Weimar celebrates its cultural and artistic identity by placing surprising all who visit. This statue is located on the sidewalk running along the Ilm River park.

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    Thuringisches Hauptstaatsarchiv

    by lonestar_philomath Written Jun 11, 2007

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    This building located at Beethovanplatz 3 became part of the city archive in 1920. The city archive contains documents from as early as 1247. Since 1952, the Thuringisches Hauptstaatsarchiv is only responsible for the administrative mechanisms and state enterprises of the district Erfurt which Weimar is part of.

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    Kurwenal House

    by lonestar_philomath Written Jun 11, 2007

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    Hahahahaha..... This is actually the Mathilde von Freytag-Loringhoven house!

    Mathilde von Freytag-Loringhoven was an artist but she is most known for her animal psychology studies. Kurwenal, a yellow-red Dackelrüde, was a smart canine indeed. Not only did he learn to count from Mathilde von Freytag-Loringhoven, but even could speak using using a "numbered" alphabet (one bark for 'a', tw barks for 'b', and so forth).

    More can be found at this web site:
    http://www.uni-jena.de/Tierpsychologie.html

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    Booklovers #2

    by egonwegh Updated May 14, 2007
    Weimar, spines of antique books (poster)

    I guess on this short visit to Weimar we'll have to satisfy ourselves with pictures of old books ... a huge poster with the spines of antique books that I saw somewhere in the streets, with the castle tower (Schlossturm) reflected in the glass.

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    Booklovers #1

    by egonwegh Updated May 13, 2007
    Weimar, entrance gate to library

    Weimar as a city for booklovers - entrance to the Duchess Anna Amalia Library, which we visited in 1997. Unfortunately, part of the library burned down on September 2, 2004 and the building is now being reconstructed (2007). Many books were lost in the fire, the preservation of the books that were damaged by water may take several decades.

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    The Russian Church

    by christine.j Updated Sep 23, 2006

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    Further down the main path in the cemetery you come to the Fürstengruft.
    When you walk around the Fürstengruft - see my tourist trap tip - you come to the entrance of the Russian Church. It's a working church, very small, almost overcrowded with art objects and paintings.It's hard to imagine a service being held in there, but the lady on the desk told us about services. You can also see some photos from a baptism.
    The church is beautiful, I can't think of any other word. It's free, there is no entrance fee at all, but you can give a donation for the upkeeping.

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    War Memorial

    by christine.j Updated Sep 23, 2006

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    While the center of Weimar was really busy with tourists, the cemetery was almost deserted.
    It's just a short stroll away from the center, no more than 10 minutes, but not many people went there. We entered through the gate and to our left we saw a churchlike memorial. The door was locked, but we could read the inscription. It is a memorial for victims of the first world war.

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    The best part of our Weimar trip

    by christine.j Written Sep 23, 2006

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    A fly fisher
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    After we had been to the Russian church, we thought we'd have a short look at some of the graves, before we go back to the center. We stayed much longer than we had planned and could easily have stayed even more. Walking on the paths on this cemetery, looking at the gravestones and reading the inscriptions there turned out to be the best part of our whole Weimar trip. Some of the old gravestones were ornamented, others had very interesting details inscribed, what this person had done in their lifetime. One section close to the Russian church is dedicated to actors, actresses, opera singers, and other people connected to the theatre.
    One stone was in English and German, dedicated to an enthusiast of fly fishing. You can imagine how important this must have been for his family and friends, that they had it put on his gravestone.
    Another one was on the grave of a young man. It said he had always attempted to paint nice pictures. Somehow this left unspoken that he hadn't succeeded. But it ended on a friendly note, saying he had been a good friend to his comrades.
    Reading these inscriptions is like reading in a history book.
    Both my daughter and I agreed that this cemetery is worth a long visit.

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