Himmerod, Germany

The Himmerod Abbey is just a few miles away from where I grew up. And for years, I’m hiking to the abbey to have some of their excellent beer (not brewed at the monastery) and for food. But years ago, I visited the Himmerod War Cemetery with a friend, and it was the first war cemetery I ever visited. For my War Graves Book project, I returned.

The abbey is almost 900 years old, and only a few monks are still there. In World War Two, the abbey ran a field hospital, and that’s the reason why they have a war cemetery. It was a smaller cemetery first, but in 1955, war graves in the local area were moved to Himmerod.

A more famous chapter of modern history happened in 1950. Former Wehrmacht generals and admirals met in Himmerod to discuss the rearmament. Here, they created something called ‘Inneres Gefüge’, which later became ‘Innere Führung’, an important concept of the modern serviceman in a democracy. I can’t explain it in a few swift words, but follow ME for a thesis paper from 1996 of Major Lux, German Air Force.

Anyways, I’m wondering if the officers walked to the cemetery.



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