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Traveling between Berlin and Nürnberg I decided on a detour via the part of the Czech Republic that extends into today's Germany. This part of Bohemia (Böhmen/Čechy), also known as Sudetenland, has changed hands many times during the course of history.

Today's Europe has not changed its borders, but opened them, making it possible to cross them wherever or whenever you like. And this in a way not foreseen only some twenty years ago.

Traveling on roads more and more narrow a sign for "Dreiländereck" ("Tri-border area") arouse my curiosity. This turned out to be the meeting point of Bayern/Sachsen/Böhmen (Bavaria/Saxony/Bohemia).

Until 1989 the Iron Curtain passed through these woods as an impassable wall between east and west; between DDR, Czechoslovakia and the Federal Republic of Germany (BRD).

Leaving the car to continue on foot via a narrow path I passed a fenced area, which turned out to be this World War II grave. Evidently an unknown German soldier was buried here in July 1945.

But the war in Europe ended in May 1945. And if I'm not mistaken, that's not a German helmet on top of the cross. It looks more American to me. So why...?

I suppose some things will never be explained. And perhaps must not be...

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Take a look at today's border here.

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