Sunday, August 10, 2008

Some Monuments Along the Middle Rhein

On August 6, we stayed to visit the World War II museum at Remagen, where the Luttendorf bridge allowed the Allies to cross into Germany with dry feet in March, 1945. It collapsed a few days later. The bridge was built around 1917 and named after General Luttendorf, who was with Hindenburg, the military leaders of Germany in World War I. General Luttendorf blamed Germany´s defeat in the first war on Freemasons, Jews, Jesuits, and Communists. Below is seen a fragment of the bridge approach. The tower was the beginning of the bridge and now houses the museum.

Here is a display from the museum listing the dead in different lands in the two wars together.
Each country lists soldiers and civilians separately. For instance, Soviet Union lists 13,600,000 soldiers and 7,000,000 civilians dead in the two world wars.

This monument to war dead is constructed from the red sandstone used in beautiful construction. Note the German cross and two helmets on the sides.
The war memorial just visible in the distance is flanked by gardens of red dahlias in Worms.
Also in Worms is the site of the Ring des Nibelungen, the original poem used by Wagner. Seen below is the wheel of history, a sculpture in Worms.

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