War memorial in Nuremberg, Germany

Pictures and text by Eugene Gainey

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Approaching the memorial from the backside.
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The stairs on the left side and part of the understructure / foundation that carries the three later added plaques.
The stairs (this picture shows the right side) are polluted with cigarette butts.
Above the stairs there is more trash/litter.
Chewing gum debases the little column at the top of the stairs.
The monument also "servers" as a bicycle stand.
View from the side after reaching Adlerstrasse level ground.
Across the street (Adlerstrasse) from a slightly different angle.
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From across the street (Adlerstrasse) frontal full view.
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This shows the three-tiers structure of the pedestal.
Base of the monument. Front side (Adlerstrasse). The plaque shows rifle and the war dates.
Right side (pedestal and name plate).
Right side (name plate clearer view).
Close up of the front name plate.
Frontal view dates and names included.
Left side name plate.
Left side name plate.
Back side (strange angle because of street architecture). Plate stating "Dem Gedaechtnis der im deutsch-franzoesischen Kriege 1870-1871 gefallenen Soehne Nuernbergs und als Denkmal der Aufrichtung des deutschen Reichs. Die Buergerschaft Nuernbergs" (Translation: "In Memory of the Fallen Sons of Nuremberg during the French-German War 1870-1871 and as a Memorial for the Redressment of the German Reich. The Citoyen of Nueremberg.".
These plaques on the back side of the monument were added later..
Upper plaque at the back side; added 1966 in memory of the fallen Nuremberg soldiers during the Second World War. The plaque reads: "Infanterieregiment 21 - Dem im Kriege 1939-1945 gefallenen und vermissten Kameraden des Nuernberger Hausregiments zum ehrenden Gedenken und den Lebenden zur mahnenden Erinnerung. Errichtet im Jahre 1966 von der Regimentskameradschaft des I-R-21 - Die Einundzwanziger E.V." (Translation: 21st Infantry Regiment - to those fallen and missing comrades in the war 1939-1945 honoring and commemorating them and as a warning for the living.).
Middle plaque backside; this plaque was added 1998 to provide an explanation of the different purposes of the monument. It reads: "Das Denkmal wurde zur Erinnerung an die Nuernberger Gefallenen des Krieges gegen Frankreich 1870/71 errichtet. Es erinnert auch and die Niederschlagung des Boxeraufstandes in China 1900/01 und an die fast vollstaendige Vernichtung des Herero-Volkes 1904/06 im heutigen Namibia. Heute kann das Denkmal als Mahnmal die Unsinnigkeit der Kriege gegen unsere Nachbarn in Europa aber auch die Leiden und Opfer der damaligen unterworfenen und ausgepluenderten Laender der dritten Welt ins Gedaechtnis rufen. Nuernberg 1998" (Translation: The memorial was erected 1870/71 in commemoration of the fallen Nuremberg soldiers of the war against France 1870/71. It also reminds us of the abatement of the Boxer Rebellion in China 1900/01 and of the almost complete annihilation of the Herero people 1904/06 in the part of Africa today called Namibia. Today this monument can be considered a memorial that recalls the insanity of war against our European neighbors but also the suffering and sacrifices of the former subordinated and exploited countries of the third world).
The lower plaque on the back side is three-fold: under the headline "China 1900/01" the left part displays names and ranks of four fallen soldiers. The middle part states "Dem Andenken der 1900-01 in China und 1904-06 in Suedwest-Afrika fuer das deutsche Vaterland gefallenen Soehne Nuernbergs. Gewidmet von den beiden Vereinigungen der China- und Afrikakaempfer Nuernbergs." (Translation: In memory of the sons of Nuremberg who fell in China 1900-01 and in South-West-Africa in 1904-06 for their fatherland. Donated by the two veterans associations of combatants of China and Africa.) .
The Kriegerdenkmal says Good-Bye.


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