Pictures and text by Mark R. Hatlie
These pictures were taken on 10 June, 2007 in Essen / Haarzopf. This memorial is marked on common street maps and there is even a sign indicating it from a main road. But it is a bit of a hike into the woods to find it from that site.
|This is what it looks like from the path.|
|It reads, "1914-1918 / For our fallen sons / The community of Haarzopf / 1939-1945." (Unseren gefallenen Söhnen. Die Gemeinde Haarzopf.)|
|The sides list the names of the dead from the First World War under the words "A heroes death died...." (Den Heldentod starben)|
|The back reads, "In the lap of foreign soil our bones may rot, but you, beloved fatherland, keep the heart." (Fremder Erde Schoss / lass modern unsere Gebeine. / Aber Vaterland du / birg o geliebtes, das Herz.)|
The visit to this location was paid for by a research grant from the American Public University System. "Educating those who serve."